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Maryland Exchange Informs Man He is Not a Citizen (though his ancestors arrived on the Mayflower)

Brian Shaffer lives in Maryland. He is one of hundreds of thousands who has lost insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. But when Shaffer tried to buy replacement insurance on the Maryland exchange he got a surprise, one which he described as "sheer stupidity."

"I went to the Maryland Exchange, filled out the application, and at the end it told me I wasn't eligible because I was not a U.S. citizen" Shaffer told WJLA-TV.

Shaffer says he sent in his drivers license and birth certificate to the exchange by fax not once but twice. And still he has not been approved to buy insurance.

Amusingly, Shaffer has studied his own ancestry and knows that some of his relatives arrived in the New World on the Mayflower. His family has lived in America for 13 generations.


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