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Another Obamalie, his mother’s medical insurance?

From Mona Charen’s new column:

Remember President Barack Obama’s mother? …The moving and infuriating story was a staple on the 2008 campaign trail. His mother had insurance, he explained, but when she came down with cancer, her insurance company claimed her disease was a “pre-existing condition” and refused to pay…In a debate with Sen. John McCain, Obama said: “For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”

There would be, if it had been true. But when New York Times reporter Janny Scott researched the issue for her biography of the president’s mother, she discovered letters proving beyond doubt that Cigna never denied Stanley Ann Dunham coverage for her disease. The dispute was over a disability plan…

The White House did not deny Scott’s account, but shrugged it off…

The Dunham tale was meant to personify the hundreds of thousands — or millions — of Americans who were “dumped” by insurance companies when they became sick. This is an invented tale, and might have been rebutted by the insurance industry if they hadn’t gotten into bed with Obama in 2010 in return for millions of coerced new customers…

There’s more; RTWT.

Charen touches on a great point: The insurance companies are at fault, but not for the Left’s mythical reasons. The real fault is that Obamacare is based on coercion: forcing people to do business with the insurance companies, when people might choose not to. That is immoral. Obama was wrong to propose it, the Democrats were wrong to impose it, and the insurance companies were wrong to go along with it.



  1. unfortunately far too many of those running the companies are either Leftiods themselves, or just love the Cronyism no matter who is in office. Though not known for health insurance Progressive is now run by an elitist knob who thinks 0bama is just grand. That he ruins the economy is not an issue as most of their business is due to the law demanding the populace buy their product (and they only need to compete for a known need), and as he did not need to actually build his company, he inherited the scads of money he has, and any damage to us is not going to be felt by him.

    Comment by JP Kalishek — November 24, 2013 @ 1:31 pm - November 24, 2013

  2. I figured when Mugabe Obama threw his “white grandmother” under the bus, then his mother would be next.

    This man has no shame.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — November 24, 2013 @ 1:50 pm - November 24, 2013

  3. One of the fundamental problems with our health care “system” (and I don’t want this country to have “a health care system” — that expression implies exactly what I hate about socialized medicine) is that we (and those of us who make law) equate insurance with care and we equate universal insurance with being an evolved society.

    As long as we have laws that demand health care for those who live in the U.S. and who demand treatment regardless of ability to pay (often in the form of very expensive emergency and critical care units, highly trained and paid staff, etc.), it will logically follow that government will have reason to insist everyone be insured in order to reduce the costs everyone bears. It then logically follows that government has an incentive to control care itself based upon cost or whatever factors they may deem important enough to reward or deny treatment (connections, race, political party affiliation, etc.).

    For myself, one of the most important questions is thus whether the price we pay in loss of freedom is too great for the luxury of treating those without insurance — greater than the specter of people dying because hospitals and EMTs refuse to treat those who cannot or will not provide basic medical coverage for themselves. There are many other contributing factors to our health care mess (rising costs, limited availability, control of medical schools, standards that protect doctors but damage patients, medicine patent law, etc.) but this particular issue addresses a fundamental question: Is guaranteed emergency medical care too expensive?

    Comment by Ignatius — November 24, 2013 @ 4:36 pm - November 24, 2013

  4. Possibly a more important question is: Has obama ever spoke the truth, been honest with the voter, and told America what he is/was really trying to accomplish?

    Comment by mixitup — November 24, 2013 @ 8:26 pm - November 24, 2013

  5. One of the solutions I always see offered about access to health care is to force doctors to see Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare patients. But no one has successfully told me how that is done without violating the 13th Amendment against slavery. Demanding someone do work at a price (or lack therof) that YOU set, not him, is slavery ie stealing his work.

    Comment by Louise B — November 25, 2013 @ 9:09 am - November 25, 2013

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