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Obama Lied About 2nd Insurance Case

From, of all places, the Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: Flaws in Obama’s health care anecdotes

By CALVIN WOODWARD (AP)

WASHINGTON — One of President Barack Obama’s health care "horror stories" is about a woman who, he says, lost her health insurance on the verge of breast cancer surgery because she didn’t disclose a case of acne to the insurer. That’s not what happened.

Robin Lynn Beaton, 59, of Waxahachie, Texas, indeed had her insurance suspended and then terminated when she needed it the most. Hers is a cautionary tale about how an insurance company can act in a seemingly arbitrary manner to revoke coverage for lifesaving treatment.

But not for the reasons Obama cites.

She "was about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne," he said in one telling.

Beaton did not lose her insurance because she failed to own up to a skin problem in her past. She lost it because, when enrolling in the plan, she had not reported a previous heart condition and did not list her weight accurately.

Obama tells stories of real-life hardships repeatedly, in his speech to a joint session of Congress, in interviews and at his citizen meetings across the country in support of his campaign to rework medical insurance. Beaton’s case is just one cited by Obama that mixes fact with fiction.

In reflexively blaming insurance companies, Obama is playing into fears that have become a frightening reality for many Americans. Health insurance under the current system is not always the rock-solid guarantee you think you’re paying for.

Especially, it turns out, when you don’t fill everything out just right.

In Beaton’s case, the insurance company opened an investigation after her visit to a dermatologist and just before her scheduled breast cancer surgery, forcing postponement of her operation almost on the eve of it. The earlier problems on her enrollment form were discovered and her coverage was canceled.

To some lawmakers, that’s outrageous enough — never mind the acne story.

Rep. Joe Barton, Beaton’s [conservative] Republican congressman in Texas, fought the insurer until it restored her coverage, enabling her to get the surgery 10 weeks after it was postponed. She told The Associated Press she owes Barton and his aides her life.

But somewhere along the way, Beaton’s case became a White House tale of an insurer canceling coverage because she forgot to report acne.

It’s become a political imperative to find real-life examples of people helped or hurt by the issue of the day. People relate more easily to a story than to abstract policy.

But such stories often suffer in the retelling. Corners are cut, complicated situations made sound-bite simple.

It has long been so. Ronald Reagan’s "welfare queen" was a politically expedient exaggeration of a real case of welfare fraud. In last year’s presidential campaign, scrutiny revealed that Joe the Plumber was likely to benefit from Obama’s tax plans, not be hurt by them as Republicans alleged.

Even in his painstakingly prepared speech to Congress, Obama got some material facts wrong.

He said an Illinois man died because his insurance company found an undisclosed case of gallstones in his past, canceled his insurance and delayed a stem-cell transplant for his cancer. The man did lose his insurance, but got it back retroactively and had treatment that his family says extended his life for nearly four years

Regular readers will recall that we were the first to point out  a couple of weeks ago that Mr. Obama had been lying about misrepresenting the case of Mr. Raddatz in speeches and editorials, that the Associated Press notes in their article. (Though the AP doesn’t credit us with the scoop.)

Still, it is shocking that the AP would report this second example of Mr. Obama’s story-telling.

But note that they somehow manage to cite Ronald Reagan and even Joe The Plumber as further examples of stretching the truth. (Joe The Plumber?!)

And never mind that Hillary Clinton’s own bogus insurance horror story from the campaign is far more similar.

Hillary claimed that a pregnant woman lost her baby and her life because she could not come up with a $100 fee. Of course it turned out that the woman was never refused treatment — and indeed, she was actually insured.

But words, even lives, are just tools to gain power to people like Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama.

And of course the AP could have cited Mr. Obama’s numerous other lies — such as his parents marching in Selma, or how he met Michelle in college — if they wanted examples of how he "reflexively" lies to make a political point.

By the way, the video clip of Mrs. Clinton lying about the uninsured mom that we previously linked to has been scrubbed from YouTube “due to terms of use violation.”

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama Lied About 2nd Insurance Case”

  1. BillK says:

    From a dismissive Associated Press:

    Obama’s Health Care ‘Horror Story’ Inaccurate

    WASHINGTON — One of President Barack Obama’s health care “horror stories” is about a woman who, he says, lost her health insurance on the verge of breast cancer surgery because she didn’t disclose a case of acne to the insurer. That’s not what happened.

    Robin Lynn Beaton, 59, of Waxahachie, Texas, indeed had her insurance suspended and then terminated when she needed it the most. Hers is a cautionary tale about how an insurance company can act in a seemingly arbitrary manner to revoke coverage for lifesaving treatment.

    But not for the reasons Obama cites.

    She “was about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne,” he said in one telling.

    Beaton did not lose her insurance because she failed to own up to a skin problem in her past. She lost it because, when enrolling in the plan, she had not reported a previous heart condition and did not list her weight accurately.

    Obama tells stories of real-life hardships repeatedly, in his speech to a joint session of Congress, in interviews and at his citizen meetings across the country in support of his campaign to rework medical insurance. Beaton’s case is just one cited by Obama that mixes fact with fiction.

    In reflexively blaming insurance companies, Obama is playing into fears that have become a frightening reality for many Americans. Health insurance under the current system is not always the rock-solid guarantee you think you’re paying for.

    Especially, it turns out, when you don’t fill everything out just right.

    In Beaton’s case, the insurance company opened an investigation after her visit to a dermatologist and just before her scheduled breast cancer surgery, forcing postponement of her operation almost on the eve of it. The earlier problems on her enrollment form were discovered and her coverage was canceled.

    To some lawmakers, that’s outrageous enough — never mind the acne story.

    Rep. Joe Barton, Beaton’s Republican congressman in Texas, fought the insurer until it restored her coverage, enabling her to get the surgery 10 weeks after it was postponed. She told The Associated Press she owes Barton and his aides her life.

    But somewhere along the way, Beaton’s case became a White House tale of an insurer canceling coverage because she forgot to report acne.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/29/obamas-health-care-horror-story-inaccurate/

    The real question is why is the AP bothering to report this? That’s not like them…

  2. proreason says:

    If you want to know the truth about something, the Moron is your beacon.

    Listen carefully to what he says.

    The opposite is the truth. Every time.

  3. ilzito guacamolito says:

    The TelePrompTer made him say it.

  4. ilzito guacamolito says:

    A majority of the members of the House expressed “disapproval” of Joe Wilson on September 15, 2009. Voters will express their “disapproval” of the Liar in Chief and his enablers on November 2, 2010.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    This must be why I’m not a Dem – I just can’t lie like that. One of our Senator’s held a town hall here – and the pathetic ‘insurance horror stories’ – were like a bunch of teenagers sitting there begging for Mom & Dad to buy them a car, cell phone and pay the rent on their apartment – by the last one – those against Obamacare were booing before she even got started.

  6. LewWaters says:

    Come on now. When was the last time honesty was linked to the left?

    To them, the end always justifies the means.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

    George Orwell—1984

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m …. I’m …. I’m shocked.

    o-blah-blah lied? o-blah-blah?

    Naw …. what’s the world comin’ to? I’m shocked.

    NOT!!!


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