Selbyville woman introduces President at Obamacare news conference

By Amy Cherry 12:13pm, October 21, 2013 - Updated 9:02am, October 22, 2013
President Obama walks to the Rose Garden of the White House with Janice Baker. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
A downstate Delaware woman gets a big honor on a big stage.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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"I am now honored to introduce the President of the United States," she says.

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That's Janice Baker of Selbyville, who got the prestigious honor at a national news conference on Obamacare.

Baker was the first person in Delaware to successfully enroll in the health insurance marketplace, a website that's full of glitches. But she encourages people to be patient because the coverage is worth it.

"Have patience with such a new system. Without this ability to get this insurance, I know that a single hospital stay could have bankrupted me and my business," says Baker.

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59-year-old Baker's rate in the marketplace is $700 per month.

"I was able to find a policy that I am thrilled with saving $150 per month and much lower deductibles than my previous policy that I held through my small business," she says.

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President Obama says Baker is not alone.

"If you don't have health insurance, if you've got a pre-existing condition, it will save you money, and it will give you the security that your family needs," says Pres. Obama.

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The President says despite the glitches, he says the process of buying health insurance through the marketplace is much simpler.

"Instead of contacting a bunch of different insurers one at a time, which is what Janice had to do, there's one single place you can go shop, compare plans that have to compete for your business, and once the kinks in the website have been ironed out, it will be even smoother," President Obama promises.

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