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President Obama Visits Private Residence In Falls Church to Discuss Health Care

President Obama travelled in a motorcade to the home of Paul and Frances Bayshaw this morning for a discussion of health care and the Patients Bill of Rights. With Rep. Jim Moran present, Obama emerged into the backyard of the home at 11:55 a.m. and sat on the porch with lemonade and a small group of neighbors to discuss his policies. Outside were a handful of people with picket signs expressing support for the president.

President Obama travelled in a motorcade to the home of Paul and Frances Bayshaw this morning for a discussion of health care and the Patients Bill of Rights. With Rep. Jim Moran present, Obama emerged into the backyard of the home at 11:55 a.m. and sat on the porch with lemonade and a small group of neighbors to discuss his policies. Outside were a handful of people with picket signs expressing support for the president.

The White House issued the following advisory about the Bayshaw family: “Having hemophilia all his life, Paul Bayshaw understood the importance of a job with good health insurance benefits and sought work in the federal government. After five years, Paul left his position in government and enrolled in a health insurance continuation of coverage which lasted eighteen months. When this extension ran out he enrolled in an individual plan in Virginia with a $1 million cap. In three years, Paul exhausted this policy because of costs related to the treatment of hemophilia. With options to change jobs, move to another state, or apply for disability status, Paul was faced with some very tough decisions. As it turned out, the company where Paul works enrolled him in an employee plan with a $6 million cap; Paul has already used about $1 million worth of coverage. The Affordable Care Act will lift this cap on how much health care he can receive.”

The home is located at 7323 Elmwood Drive outside the City of Falls Church, but in the Falls Church section of Fairfax County behind the Lohmann’s Plaza.

Gail O’Brien was a second participant to speak at the event and the president was overheard as he hugged her on his way out saying, “Just keep on looking after yourself.”

The another person, identified as Jim Hawthorne, owner of an auto repair shop, chatted with Obama, who then walked him over to talk to the media pool, where he said that his health insurance premiums have been going up dramatically every year, and added that his accountant told him that because of the Affordable Care Act, he will get between $12,000 and $15,000 a year in tax breaks and that his premiums will rise only three percent next year. “Keep spreading the word,” Obama told him and the others, “Nobody is a better messenger.”

The president returned to the White House, arriving at 1:10 p.m. to prepare for his travel this afternoon to New York for the annual United Nations Summit.