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About Obama’s Mother And Medical Bills

Apparently Mr. Obama touched upon his mother’s death and lack of health insurance in his infomercial last night.

A little more than a year ago Mr. Obama ran an ad featuring his mother’s death from cancer.

From the Obama campaign and the Chicago Tribune:


Obama’s mother in new ad

by John McCormick

Posted September 20, 2007

Sen. Barack Obama is using an image of his deceased mother in a new campaign ad that seeks to make the case that he is the best qualified to bring change in the way the nation delivers health care.

Called “Mother,” the 30-second ad briefly shows a picture of Stanley Ann Dunham, who died of cancer in 1995. The image includes a very young Obama in her arms….

It’s an anecdote Obama has been recently field testing on the campaign trail. This is how he told the story of his mother’s illness during a recent campaign stop in Santa Barbara, Calif.:

I remember my mother. She was 53 years old when she died of ovarian cancer, and you know what she was thinking about in the last months of her life? She wasn’t thinking about getting well. She wasn’t thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality. She had been diagnosed just as she was transitioning between jobs.

And she wasn’t sure whether insurance was going to cover the medical expenses because they might consider this a preexisting condition.

I remember just being heartbroken, seeing her struggle through the paperwork and the medical bills and the insurance forms. So, I have seen what it’s like when somebody you love is suffering because of a broken health care system. And it’s wrong. It’s not who we are as a people.” …

Like most of Mr. Obama’s life, the details about his mother’s death are sketchy and often contradictory.

But just going on the few details we have been permitted, some questions arise.

From the Washington Post:

Though Obama Had to Leave to Find Himself, It Is Hawaii That Made His Rise Possible

Sunday, August 24, 2008; Page A22

… But now [Obama] was drawn back to Hawaii to say goodbye to his mother. Too late, as it turned out. She died on Nov. 7, 1995, before he could get there.

Ann had returned to Honolulu early that year, a few months before “Dreams From My Father” was published. She was weakened from a cancer that had been misdiagnosed in Indonesia as indigestion. American doctors first thought it was ovarian cancer, but an examination at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York determined that it was uterine cancer that had spread to her ovaries.

Stan had died a few years earlier, and Madelyn still lived in the apartment on Beretania. Ann took an apartment on the same floor, and underwent chemotherapy treatments while keeping up with her work as best she could. “She took it in stride,” said Alice Dewey, chair of the University of Hawaii anthropology department, where Ann did her doctoral dissertation. “She never complained. Never said, ‘Why me?'”

As the article notes, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetero developed cancer in 1994 while in Indonesia (it was mis-diagnosed). She then moved to Hawaii where she died in 1995.

According to the article she was treated at the best cancer treatment center in the world, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. So so much for her lack of care.

Moreover, Sloan-Kettering often offers National Institute Of Health “protocols” where one gets treatment for free (even transportation is paid).

Did she try to get into one of these protocols. If not, why not? If so, what medical expenses did she have?

Apparently, Mrs. Soetero later received chemotherapy at the Straub Clinic in Hawaii. Straub claims to be Hawaii’s best health care organization, and may have also offered NIH protocols at the time, or have been part of the Sloan-Kettering protocol.

Obama has also at times claimed his mother was on food stamps at the time of her death. If that’s true, why wouldn’t she have been also eligible for Medicaid as well?

Also, according to the Washington Post article, Mrs. Soetero was “between jobs.” But also it states that she worked up to the time of her death.

If that is so, given that her daughter was being taken care of by her mother and Obama had long since left home, why did she need food stamps at all?

Furthermore, if Mrs. Soetero was having issues with insurance while she was dying, why didn’t Obama, a Harvard Law graduate, try to assist her instead of letting her deal with it by herself?

Also, one wonders why Mr. Obama didn’t get a better paying job to help his mother with her medical expenses — if only temporarily. He has often bragged that he could have taken jobs that would have given him outlandish figures.

And then there is the claim about Mr. Obama not being able to get to his mother before she died:

But now [Obama] was drawn back to Hawaii to say goodbye to his mother. Too late, as it turned out. She died on Nov. 7, 1995, before he could get there.

As the article notes, Mrs. Soetero died on November 7th, 1995. From all reports, such as those about his grandmother’s recent illness, Obama never went to Hawaii to see his mother in the several months before her death.

What was he doing instead?

In 1995 Barack was preparing for his Illinois State Senate race. In late summer he took time off to go around the country on a book tour for his “Dreams From My Father.”

On September 19th he launched his campaign in Chicago. In October Barack Obama helped to organize Minister Farrakhan’s “Million Man March.”

Where was Mr. Obama’s compassion then?

And if Mr. Obama will lie about his dying mother, is there anything he won’t lie about?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “About Obama’s Mother And Medical Bills”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    SG – it is simple 1) Obama only mentions his family in terms of how they can help him and 2) Obama uses everyone and their ‘stories’ to advance his agenda. In other words – he does not care for the truth, only what he can present that he can work into a ‘story’ that works to his advantage. Always.

    I really don’t like people who shave the truth to suit the ____(fill in the blank: audience, moment, situation etc). I wonder why people have to do that, I would suspect that they know they did the wrong thing and are attempting to minimize their actions at the time.

  2. heather08 says:

    I always found it odd that Obama was so obsessed with his father who, truth be told, had no greater connenction to him than a sperm donor would have, and seems so dismissive of his mother (and grandmother). I wonder if Obama doesn’t have a problem with women in general. There aren’t many women in leadership roles on his campaign and the PUMAs sure think he’s a sexist.

  3. 1sttofight says:

    Is his granny toots still alive? Two weeks ago she was on her death bed living just one breath away from passing on. It is very apparent that this poser only thinks of himself. I do not doubt that if his children were drowning, he would stand on the shore and give a speach to anyone gathered around.

  4. proreason says:

    “And if Mr. Obama will lie about his dying mother, is there anything he won’t lie about?”

    No, there is nothing Mr. Obaba will not lie about.

    The better question is: is there anything Mr. Obama has been truthful about?

    And by the way, why have we never heard from dear Granny. The third cousin of Ms. Palin’s yard guy has now been interviewed 5 times, and his divorce records have been scoured for dirt.

  5. curvyred says:

    Another fairy tale/half-truth from Barry.

  6. I’m sorry he lost his mother – genuinely.

    However, the ad that should be run is this:

    Under the socialized health care Obama supports his mother, diagnosed with cancer, would most likely have been given a prescription for pain medication and directions to get her affairs in order because some government bean-counter didn’t want to drop money on her treatment.

    Indeed, in Oregon, they basically told a woman that – and then offered to pay for assisted suicide.

    Better to be bankrupt than dead.

    But I’m just some right-wing, neo-con, capitalist fascist nut, right?

  7. Anonymoose says:

    Two things that troubled me about Obama from the start, one that he wasn’t there when his mother died, he was campaigning for his first political office.

    The second is how his “typical white person” grandmother wasn’t just someone who worked at a bank, at one time she was vice president of the Bank of Hawaii.

    Losing a parent is one of the hardest things to go through but I agree, he seems more interested in his practically non-existent father than his mother who was a major presence in his life.

  8. JohnMG says:

    Ahh, yes. Death, the great equalizer.

    But this ad reveals much about Obama and how he has learned to manipulate the public for his own gain. His entire family situation is a study in familial dysfunction.

    His father, a bigamist, abandons his wife and son and returns to Africa to marry yet again. Barry’s mother remarries and moves to Indonesia. A few years later she abdicates responsibility for him and remands him to her parents. They, in turn, place him in boarding schools and subsequently wash their hands of him as he reaches adolescence, and allow him to do pretty much as he pleases.

    The result is that the only true affection he shows is toward his African brothers and sisters with whom he shares only half or less than half of a blood line. He has no real feelings for anyone, save his wife and daughters, and we’re left to speculate as to the depth of those feelings as well.

    But he knows well enough that a large majority of the American people do have a genuine love of parents and family, and he isn’t above playing to those sentiments in the quest for votes and the advancement of his personal agenda.

    If Bill Clinton was “an unusually good liar”, then Obama has no equal. He is soul-less but not above bartering for yours and mine.

  9. BillK says:

    As SG ably points out above, Mr. Obama was more concerned with his state Senate career than with his dying mother.

    No real surprise – tales of members of his family that are useful are gladly told, while family members who are not useful to his campaign are treated like “Joe the Plumber.”

    Naturally our MSM has made sure we know the results of Joe’s colonoscopy but little to nothing about Obama’s half brother in Kenya.

  10. platypus says:

    # 1sttofight
    October 30th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Is his granny toots still alive? Two weeks ago she was on her death bed living just one breath away from passing on. It is very apparent that this poser only thinks of himself. I do not doubt that if his children were drowning, he would stand on the shore and give a speach to anyone gathered around.

    ++++++++++++++++
    In that speech, he’d blame FEMA for not having placed life preservers at the shoreline.

  11. artboyusa says:

    “Turning the Dream into a Vision”, an Obama Channel (formerly NBC) TV presentation! Starring Nervous White Lady!

    “Hi! I’m Nervous White Lady and I’m here tonight to share with you the nightmare hell that is my life in America and to tell you why I’m voting for President TheOne.

    “This is the nice suburban house here I live with my family: husband Todd, son Rodd and our dog Scruffy. It’s a really nice house but as you can probably tell from the anxious, whining tone of my voice, I’m worried that we could lose it. With repossessions on the rise because of the greed crazed antics of those Wall Street fat cats, those of us here on Main Street face a grim future. Of course, Todd and I could have put down more than $20 and a box of old National Geographics as a deposit; I mean we could have saved up until we could actually afford this place, but nobody told us so it’s not our fault.

    “Here’s our family room where we all gather to ignore each other and watch our 40” plasma TV or check out a DVD in our home theatre (want some popcorn?) or play music on our personal stereo systems or play air hockey or pool or video games. In the garage you can see our quad bikes – we all have one – even Scruffy the Dog – and our snowmobiles. I suppose we didn’t really need the snowmobiles, living in San Diego as we do, but hey, who says you can’t spoil yourself once in a while?

    “Like it? This is my enormous gas swilling people carrier. Todd has one too. I go everywhere in this – even to the mail box – but rising fuel costs mean that I may someday actually have to drive it less or even “walk” somewhere on my legs – and that can’t be right. Not in America!

    “I do all my shopping here at the Herd Meadows Mall. They have everything I don’t need and can’t afford but now even the Mall has fallen on hard times. This used to be “Crap ‘n’ Stuff” and that was “Vanity Barn” and over here was “Junk U Like” but they’re all gone now, all gone, and there’s nothing left to buy except plentiful food and clothing.

    “Now I’m at Rodd’s football practice –go team! Rah! Rah! Rah! He’s a great kid and next year he’s planning to start an Associate’s Degree in Non-Smoking Studies at Alger Hiss Community College but I’m worried that he’ll get sent to the war torn jungles of Iraq. Thank goodness that Barack Adorable promises that won’t happen: he wants Rodd to go to Pakistan. Whew!

    “It’s four o’clock in the afternoon so Todd will be getting home from work any minute. He loves his job at the cracker factory but who knows how long he’ll be able to keep it? American workers are the best paid, most pampered and least productive in the whole world yet somehow we seem to lose more and more jobs to foreign competition. It’s just not fair!

    “I look around nowadays and I ask myself “what happened?” It sucks having to live like a grown up and pay our bills and live within our means and not be able to do whatever we want whenever we feel like it. This isn’t the America we were promised! I just wish someone would come along and relieve this dark cloud of anxiety that haunts my dreams and tell me that he’ll make everything all right and that he’ll take care of my life for me, forever…a smooth talking, non-threatening colored man with a Dream of Change, a dream that may soon become a Vision…”

    “Hello. I’m Barack Obama and I am that non threatening colored man you’ve been waiting for. Or for whom you’ve been waiting. As I’ve travelled around your doomed country on my personal journey of self-discovery I’ve spoken to many of you Americans just like Nervous White Lady and if you will listen to the sound of my voice and concentrate on the gold watch; see it swing -slowly, slowly – I’ll tell you about my plans for your future. Your arms are growing heavy, your eyes are growing sleepy –you can hardly keep them open long enough to vote for me – concentrate on the watch…sleep, sleep. In eight years you will awaken and you will remember nothing of what has happened…sleep. Sleep”.

  12. Liberals Demise says:

    This just in 1sttofight……Obama grabbed the paddles from the doctors’ hands , screamed CLEAR and brought granny back to life. She is well enough to lick envelopes for his upcoming defeat ceremony.
    I just love happy endings!!!!!

  13. EncompassedRunner says:

    Maybe her former employer and friends from Pakistan, where it sounds like she lived & worked from 1987-1992 helped her out.


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