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Woman Almost Faints During Obama Speech

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US President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, the new healthcare laws, alongside people who have already benefitted from the legislation, new registrants, small business owners and representatives from partner organizations, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, October 21, 2013. Obama on Monday defended his problem-plagued health reform plan, declaring at a White House event that, despite numerous glitches, the program is already helping many uninsured Ameri
US President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, the new healthcare laws, alongside people who have already benefitted from the legislation, new registrants, small business owners and representatives from partner organizations, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, October 21, 2013. Obama on Monday defended his problem-plagued health reform plan, declaring at a White House event that, despite numerous glitches, the program is already helping many uninsured Ameri

Karmel Allison, who was standing behind President Barack Obama Monday during a speech in the Rose Garden, almost fainted during the president's remarks.

Obama, who helped the woman as she grew faint, was speaking on widespread problems with sign-ups on the health care website since its launch on Oct. 1.

The White House released the following description of Allison ahead of the president's speech:

Karmel Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was nine years old. She has stayed on the same insurance ever since, 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 publically described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage.

Watch a clip of the incident above.

UPDATE -- 1:40 p.m.: After the event, Allison thanked Obama for catching her and tweeted that she's pregnant:

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