Obama Catches Fainting Woman During Healthcare Speech

"I gotcha, you're okay," Obama said, joking, "This happens when I talk too long."

A woman appeared to be light-headed and had to be escorted out during President Obama’s Rose Garden speech on Monday. The woman has been identified as Karmel Allison, and she is diabetic, according the White House, and she was invited to the press conference since she successfully enrolled in Obamacare. As Obama spoke, Allison's eyes rolled back and became unsteady on her feet, causing the president to turn around and ask her if she was ok. “This is what happens when I talk too long,” Obama said as Allison was led off stage.

According to the White House, Allison has remained on the same insurance since her diagnosis “despite constantly rising costs, for fear she would not be able to find a plan that would cover her due to her pre-existing condition.”

“Allison recently began researching her options on CoveredCA and has publicly described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage,” the White House explained.

According to “A Sweet Life,” a blog for which she is a contributor, Allison is also pregnant.

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