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Obama Misrepresents Another HC Case

From Fox News:

President Barack Obama is introduced by Connie Anderson, sister of cancer patient Natoma Canfield, who wrote the president saying she gave up her health insurance after it rose, prior to speaking about health care reform, Monday, March 15, 2010.

Clinic: Cancer Patient Who Wrote to Obama Will Not Lose Home, May Get Aid

March 15, 2010

Natoma Canfield, the cancer-stricken woman who has become a centerpiece of President Obama’s push for health care reform, will not lose her home over her medical bills and will probably qualify for financial aid, a top official at the Cleveland medical center treating her told FoxNews.com.

Though Canfield’s sister Connie Anderson said her sibling is afraid she’ll lose her house and Obama warned at an Ohio rally Monday that the patient is "racked with worry" about the cost of tests and treatment, she is already being screened for financial help.

Lyman Sornberger, executive director of patient financial services at the Cleveland Clinic, said "all indications" at the outset are that she will be considered for assistance.

"She may be eligible for state Medicaid … and/or she will be eligible for charity (care) of some form or type. … In my personal opinion, she will be eligible for something," he said, adding that Canfield should not be worried about losing her home.

"Cleveland Clinic will not put a lien on her home," he said.

Cleveland Clinic offers personal guides to patients like Canfield who are concerned about payment to try to match them up with programs that can provide full or partial assistance. One option is state Medicaid coverage, which Canfield did not have when she was admitted. Another is charity care that is routinely provided by the hospital, which is a nonprofit. Cleveland Clinic reported providing $99 million in charity care in 2008

Canfield gained national attention after Obama publicized a letter she wrote to the White House in February. In the letter, she detailed how skyrocketing premiums had forced her off her insurance.

Canfield said in her letter that while she was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer 16 years ago, she had been cancer-free for 11 years. But she said her premiums increased by over 25 percent last year, and that with a maximum deductible of $2,500 she had to pay about $10,000 for care in 2009 — while her insurance company paid just over $900.

After learning recently that her premiums were about to increase by over 40 percent in 2010, Canfield dropped her plan, she said in the letter.

Since writing the letter and dropping her coverage, Canfield was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Obama said Monday during a stop in Strongsville, Ohio, that Canfield was rushed to the hospital last week after collapsing on a farm. She was then admitted to the Cleveland Clinic

"She was very sick," Obama said. "She expects to face more than a month of aggressive chemotherapy. She is racked with worry not only about her illness but about the costs of the tests and the treatment that she’s surely going to need to beat it."

Anderson said her sister expects to spend at least 28 days in the hospital. She said Canfield has her own cleaning business but does not have any kind of health coverage, adding that for now nobody is paying for her stay at the Cleveland Clinic.

She has her own business, but cannot afford to buy insurance? And she does not provide insurance for her employees?

But Sornberger said that even if Canfield doesn’t qualify for charity care or Medicaid, "there’s probably eight to 10 options that a patient has" to find payment.

"It doesn’t stop there," he said.

Asked for comment, a representative for Canfield’s old insurance company said "the cost of new drugs and hospital stays," along with the trend of healthy individuals dropping coverage, are behind the latest rate increases

If people suffering because of not having insurance is such a common occurrence, why is it that every tale the Mr. Obama comes up with ends up being exaggerated or even just a flat out lie — as we have demonstrated time and again?

And this article does not even address the most obvious point here, Ms. Canfield got treatment for her breast cancer in one of the premier cancer hospitals in the country.

By the way, note what Ms. Canfield’s insurance company is saying is behind their rates going up — “healthy individuals dropping coverage.”

As we have noted often before, once insurance companies are required to cover every and all pre-existing conditions, who in their right mind will pay for health insurance in advance?

Everyone’s rates are going to go up. And eventually, there will be no more private insurance companies.

Which is exactly the plan.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama Misrepresents Another HC Case”

  1. BillK

    While most of the MSM accepts Barry’s lies as gospel, at least Fox News did a little checking.

    Clinic: Cancer Patient Who Wrote to Obama Will Not Lose Home, May Get Aid

    Natoma Canfield, the cancer-stricken woman who has become a centerpiece of President Obama’s push for health care reform, will not lose her home over her medical bills and will probably qualify for financial aid, a top official at the Cleveland medical center treating her told FoxNews.com.

    Though Canfield’s sister Connie Anderson said her sibling is afraid she’ll lose her house and Obama warned at an Ohio rally Monday that the patient is “racked with worry” about the cost of tests and treatment, she is already being screened for financial help.

    Lyman Sornberger, executive director of patient financial services at the Cleveland Clinic, said “all indications” at the outset are that she will be considered for assistance.

    “She may be eligible for state Medicaid … and/or she will be eligible for charity (care) of some form or type. … In my personal opinion, she will be eligible for something,” he said, adding that Canfield should not be worried about losing her home.

    Cleveland Clinic will not put a lien on her home,” he said. …

    http://www.foxnews.com/politic.....-home-aid/

    You can already hear the MSM saying that this is only because Obama publicized her case, or that “she shouldn’t have to worry at all.”

    Yeah.

    Anderson said her sister expects to spend at least 28 days in the hospital. She said Canfield has her own cleaning business but does not have any kind of health coverage, adding that for now nobody is paying for her stay at the Cleveland Clinic.

    But Sornberger said that even if Canfield doesn’t qualify for charity care or Medicaid, “there’s probably eight to 10 options that a patient has” to find payment.

    It doesn’t stop there,” he said.

    Asked for comment, a representative for Canfield’s old insurance company said “the cost of new drugs and hospital stays,” along with the trend of healthy individuals dropping coverage, are behind the latest rate increases.

    “Our associates … work tirelessly every day to help ensure members have access to the best health care coverage at the best price,” Kim Ashley, public relations director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio, said in a written statement. She said the company “strongly shares our members’ concerns over the rising cost of health care services and the resulting impact on health insurance premiums.”

    The Obama administration has gone aggressively after Anthem, demanding explanations for similar double-digit rate hikes in California.

    Why let little things like facts get in the way of a good heart-wrenching tale?

    Once pre-existing condition limitations are made illegal, why would anyone carry health insurance until they’re sick?

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    “…why is it that every tale the Mr. Obama comes up with ends up being exaggerated or even just a flat out lie — as we have demonstrated time and again?

    Well, the answer, Steve, is obvious. The people who are helping Ms Canfield as well as the insurance companies who keep proving Mr Obama wrong, are racists. There can be no other explanation.

    (sarc)

  3. GetBackJack

    ” … (any statement you choose) …..” Obama lied.

    Or, as the famous quip goes, “Hello”, he lied.

  4. canary

    with a maximum deductible of $2,500 she had to pay about $10,000 for care in 2009 — while her insurance company paid just over $900.

    ? what was her insurance premium cost? $ 10 bucks a month?

    • Dupree

      Lets go through the math here. So her plan has a $2500 deductible. That’s $2500 off the top, leaving $7500 in expenses she paid in 2009. Add it the $900 the insurance picked up, and your at $8400. Most High deductible plans I’ve seen cover services by a copay or coinsurance after the deductible has been satisfied. So she bought a plan that covers only 10% of service costs after the deductible. I guess you get what you pay for. Why on earth would someone with a history of cancer not prioritize their health?

    • proreason

      Taking her at her word, the policy must have cost 10,000 – 2,500 -900 = $6,600 for the year.

      Her treatments cost 2,500 + 5 * 900 (standard 80% coverage after the deductable) = $7,000 for the year.

      She came out ahead for the year and she’s still bitching.

      And she was at the point where she was paying 20% of the cost for further treatment.

      The national average income is about $45,000 per year. Would it be worth 22% of your income to live?

      Moreover, she certainly paid more than $10,000 in taxes (IRS, fica, state, city, property, sales, and hidden taxes)

      I’m not sympathetic.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    She came out ahead for the year and she’s still bitching.

    Some people will bitch when you hang them with a brand new rope.

  6. MinnesotaRush

    And the “fainter” at his talk yesterday didn’t really faint .. he was dragged off by the cops. Not usual protocol for real “fainters”.




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