WASHINGTON - On Monday, Pres. Barack Obama invited several people who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act during a speech at the Rose Garden -- including a pregnant San Diego woman who had to be helped off stage.
Karmel Allison looked as if she was about to faint while Obama talked about the progress and recent glitches of Healthcare.gov -- the website that enables people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Just after 10 a.m., Allison tweeted the following message:
I'm ok world- just got a little lightheaded.Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant :)— Karmel Allison (@karmel_a) October 21, 2013
As Obama listed examples of how the exchange has helped people, Allison looked noticeably sick in the background. She grabbed onto other people standing next to her and Obama stopped in the middle of his speech to ask for assistance.
"See ... this is what happens when I talk too long," Obama said.
Allison was escorted off the steps by a White House official.
According to the White House Regional Communications Director, Allison may have been experiencing symptoms from her Type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with at age 9.
With rising insurance costs, Allison recently signed up for Obamacare.
The White House official said Allison most likely needed water and food and that she was doing well.
10News learned that in her blog "A Sweet Life," which is about living with diabetes, Allison mentions that she is expecting. She stated, "Now being pregnant, hyperglycemia is my bogeyman."