SAN DIEGO - President Barack Obama was pushing his Affordable Care Act in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday, citing examples.
“Sean Casey, from Solana Beach, California, always made sure to cover his family on the private market,” Obama said.
Casey was in the juror’s lounge at the San Diego County Courthouse at that moment, watching the speech on television.
“When he said my name, I said, 'That's me!' And everybody was on their phones and computers. Nobody paid any attention to me,” he said.
That happened later after his complimentary letter to the White House became a focal point of local news coverage.
The cost of health insurance had been exorbitant for the Caseys. He is semi-retired with a family of four.
Obama spoke with pride about the impact of his health care plan.
“So this year, the Casey family's premiums will fall from over $30,000 to under $9,000,” said Obama.
Casey confided, “I considered it a ton of money.”
So, he sent the note, praising Obamacare.
“Needless to say, this is somewhat of a big deal for us 'because these savings will almost offset the costs of our daughter's first year in college,” said Casey. “So I don't care what others may say, I'm very happy about this change in the way we deal with health care in this country.”
That note was sent prior to the State of the Union address.
“I said, 'Hey, maybe if I send him an email, he'll invite me. I'll get to go up in the gallery and he can talk about me.’ So that didn't happen,” said Casey.
His letter struck a chord, though, and now he is enjoying what he called his five minutes of fame.
“It was great,” he said. “It doesn't happen every day.”
His neighbor, Shannon Jordan, was thrilled for him.
“A little bit of a surprise,” she said. “That's fantastic.”
And Casey still believes.
“I'd send the email again, because I believed it,” he said.