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Biography: Obama’s Mother Had Insurance

From the archives of the Washington Post:

Obama’s mother had health insurance, according to biography

By Ann Gerhart, Published: July 14, 2011

President Obama wrote a full-length memoir to explore his relationship with the father who was absent for much of his life. What little he has revealed about his relationship with his mother has come in brief, rare interviews and anecdotes in campaign ads and speeches.

In these accounts, Stanley Ann Dunham, who died at 52, was “the white woman from Kansas,” a “single mother on food stamps” and, most wrenchingly, a motivation for Obama’s drive to overhaul health care.

From his presidential quest in 2007 through the law’s passage in 2010, Obama often shared how his mother spent her last months: trying to get her health insurer to pay for her treatment for uterine and ovarian cancer, which the insurer, said the president, refused to cover because it ruled that her cancer was a preexisting condition.

But Obama’s mother had full coverage for the disease — her battle was to get disability insurance payments for her out-of-pocket expenses — according to “A Singular Woman,” a biography of Dunham by Janny Scott, who covered the campaign as a reporter for the New York Times.

Notice that the Washington Post published this article in 2011, after Obama had been using his mother’s death to push for Obama-Care for more than two years. And the upshot is Obama’s mother did have health insurance when she died. (And no one disputes this biography’s claims.)

The White House did not dispute the book’s account, and a spokesman said Scott’s reporting makes clear the president’s mother incurred several hundred dollars of unreimbursed health-care costs each month…

For what, exactly? But even if this is true, this has nothing to do with whether or not Obama’s mother had health insurance at the time of her death.

Scott based her account on correspondence between Dunham and Cigna, the disability insurance carrier, that Dunham’s friends shared with her.

Obama also often spoke as if he had been at his mother’s side, “watching . . . as she fought cancer in her final days, spending time worrying whether her insurer would claim her illness was a pre-existing condition,” as he said in a 2009 speech to the American Medical Association. “I remember just being heart­broken,” he said in a 2007 campaign appearance, “seeing her struggle.”

But Obama had not seen his mother for some months when she died in a Hono­lulu hospital in 1995, according to Scott’s book and to friends whom The Washington Post interviewed in 2009. Dunham had returned to Hawaii early that year for treatment of the cancer, which was first misdiagnosed as indigestion in Indonesia, where she had completed field work for her doctoral dissertation in anthropology and had worked for the Ford Foundation in development.

She flew to Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York for a second opinion and learned her cancer had advanced rapidly. Her son was in Chicago, planning a run for an Illinois state Senate seat.

His mother died Nov. 7, a day before her son arrived.

Notice that this biography also debunks Obama’s claim that he was by his mother’s side through her ordeal. He was not. He had not visited her for months before her death. He was too busy with his book tour and running for office and helping with the Million Man March.

Which is exactly what we had uncover three years earlier.

Now if someone will lie about the death of his own mother, what won’t he lie about?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Biography: Obama’s Mother Had Insurance”

  1. Anonymoose

    So Hillary landed at the airport in Sarajevo under sniper fire which never happened, Kerry talked about how how being in Cambodia during the Vietnam War was “seared” into his memory which never happened, and Obama sat by the side of his mother when she died and fretted about health insurance–which also never happened. I see a real trend here with the Democrats. Everything they do is just “nothing to see here, move along,” or they misspoke.

    I still remember when it came up in the election about Obama’s association with Bill Ayers–the neighbor he never knew but they both served on the same boards and lived near each other,. A poster on one of the news site forums said he didn’t care about that as the Weathermen were just some people who’d “set a cherry bomb off in a toilet 30 years ago.” They were not, they were dangerous radicals, I heard about them even as a kid in the 70’s–and yet the liberals tore themselves apart trying to figure out where Bush was for two weeks in his National Guard service in 1972 or so.

    Every politician has some point where you see their true character, for Clinton it was going after gun control for his “legacy.” For Obama it is he wasn’t there when his mother died–this is your *mother* for crying out loud. You’re never going to see her again–and it wasn’t like he was a teenager or college student making a mistake.

    From everything I’ve heard he also wasn’t rushing to her side; he was just “busy.” Between that and Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers and his father fixation Obama has issues, plain and simple. The only reason he was foisted on us as such a wonderful candidate is he was the First Black President(tm).

    And while I’m on a roll, all these politicians do is lie and posture. Republicans do it, independents do it, but Democrats make it into an art. Telling a lie to achieve some goal is still a lie. Telling a lie to create a public opinion is still a lie. When you lie left and right and then demand people respect you and listen to you, honestly why should they? Why should they believe or follow anything you do? And the old saw the liberals trump out, that a Republican lied about something also, doesn’t hold water. Two wrongs just don’t make a right.


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