The Washington Post has said that Barack Obama is lying about his mother’s death from cancer.
In the Obama campaign’s epic new campaign video, the argument for the changes in health care reform for pre-existing conditions is illustrated by his memory of her battle over coverage.
“When my mom got cancer, she wasn’t a wealthy woman and it pretty much drained all her resources.”
Michelle Obama adds:
“She developed ovarian cancer, never really had good, consistent insurance. That’s a tough thing to deal with, watching your mother die of something that could have been prevented. I don’t think he wants to see anyone go through that.”
But as the New York Times also reports — and the Post turns into a ‘Factcheck,’ giving it Three Pinnochios, meaning that it’s a lie. Mrs Obama’s problem was with her Cigna disability insurance policy, not her health insurer. Apparently that’s a huge deal.
Barack Obama’s mother had uterine and ovarian cancer. While her medical procedures were largely covered by her health insurance plan, there was a large deductible and several hundred dollars of unpaid expenses each month. The insurance company did not honor her disability insurance because a doctor had written in her medical file that she suspected uterine cancer a couple of months before she started her job. However, his mother said that that information was not shared with her. His mother asked him to take over the job of fighting the insurance company.
An Obama spokesman told the Times that the campaign video comments are based on “his recollection of events that took place more than 15 years ago” and don’t take away from the salient point — the health care reforms stop the denial of benefits based on pre-existing conditions.
The White House said:
She [Obama's mother] first could not get a response from the insurance company, then was refused coverage. This personal history of the president’s speaks powerfully to the impact of pre-existing condition limits on insurance protection from health care costs.
So why is the Post saying that Obama’s comments “can create a misleading impression, while skirting as close as possible to the edge of falsehood?” Because it cannot actually use the word ‘lie.’
The Post quotes Obama in 2008 talking about denied “insurance” coverage. It says:
Note that none of the quotes in the film actually use the words “health insurance” or “health insurance coverage.”
What difference does it make which insurer made the last period of Obama’s mothers life such a hell and forced him to fight with them over money due her? Which she’d paid premiums for?
Will The Post’s writers have the balls to tell him to his face that he’s lying about his mother’s death?
New campaign campaign video
The Obama campaign has released a new video today championing health care reform.
In it, Obama says ”It is heartbreaking,” explaining the situation before the Affordable Care Act was passed. “We have tens of millions of people without health insurance … We’ve got people who were getting a raw deal from their insurance companies … People with preexisting conditions who couldn’t get coverage or their kids had preexisting conditions.”
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