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WH Won’t ID Woman In Obama Speech

From the ABC Denver affiliate KMGH:

White House Won’t Name ‘Colorado Woman’ In Health Care Speech

Administration Tells Her Story To National Audience, Then Cites ‘Privacy’
Jaclyn Allen, 7NEWS Reporter

July 23, 2009

DENVER — President Barack Obama specifically profiled the plight of a Colorado woman failed by the health care system in Wednesday night’s nationally televised address.

But when 7NEWS started asking basic questions such as where is she from and what is her name, the administration that prides itself on being transparent wouldn’t say a word.

In Wednesday night’s speech, Obama said, "This is about the woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company, only to find out that they wouldn’t pay a dime for her cancer treatment, who had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life."

Pretty compelling stuff, right?

Her story is so important that the president told it to the entire country.

7NEWS thought it was important enough to fact check.

But when we called the White House Press Office to find out more about this very public story, a spokesman said the White House wants to protect the woman’s privacy and won’t be releasing any information about her.

Not her name. Not where she’s from. Nothing.

When there are so many people suffering, coming forward with health care nightmares, why choose to highlight a woman you can’t name? Does the woman actually exist?

If she doesn’t, this wouldn’t be the first time a president has exaggerated a person for storytelling purposes.

Consider the Cadillac-driving "welfare queen" President Ronald Reagan often referred to that turned out to be a gross exaggeration.

Colorado’s Democratic Party Chair defended the president’s decision to keep the person private.

"It makes a lot of sense to me. You can give an example, we give examples all the time, of how a policy works or doesn’t work," she said. "And to make it more relevant, we may mention a first name or no name at all to tell the story. This is about telling the story, not necessarily pointing your finger at a specific person in the community."

But the president did point his finger at a specific person in the community, and then wouldn’t say who she was so that journalists can fact check.

The Colorado Hospital Association reports 800,000 people in the state are uninsured.

Many people are suffering — real people with real stories.

Why would the president illustrate his argument for health care reform with an anonymous woman whose story can’t be verified?

Could this victim have been made up?

Or maybe it was a mendacious story about an actual person, like Hillary’s anecdote about the woman who was denied care by a hospital.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “WH Won’t ID Woman In Obama Speech”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    S’pose they got her story from an “anonymous source” or “someone who wasn’t authorized to speak on the subject”?

    Straw ‘Tiny Tim’s”. How heartwrenching …

  2. GL0120 says:

    Rush explained this yesterday.
    All of TCO’s stories and statistics come from the Office of Imaginary Information. These dedicated souls stand ready to provide any story, and statistic that TCO needs at a moment’s notice.

  3. bousquem says:

    I really think it’s fishy that the WH decides to use someone in a speech but then refuses to disclose any information. Maybe the “woman” is a combination of bits of a group of people with a good amount of pure fiction thrown in or maybe just 100% pure fiction.

    As to the writer’s comments about the “Cadillac-driving welfare queen”, I see them just about every day coming through the drive thru at the pharmacy, usually picking up their vicodin and/or anti-anxiety pills for them and the ritatlin or concerta for the pile of unruly kids in the back seats of the escalade. All while talking on expensive cell phones and covered in alot of cheasy gold jewelery. And of course all of the prescriptions are being paid for by medicaid and therefore are.

  4. proreason says:

    If she doesn’t exist then she should. Because we need to trust our President, and he needed a good story to illustrate his grand vision for our future as his needy children.

    So it’s ok.

    No harm done.

  5. caligirl9 says:

    Her premiums were *only* $700 a month, and it didn’t cover cancer treatment?

    That wasn’t much of a policy to begin with, I’m afraid. The self-pay portion of my group policy went UP $700 a month in the last year … and I have an exclusion on medical care on my spine (covered by Worker’s Comp, another whole adventure!).

    “Colorado cancer woman” is probably a mishmash of stories, somewhere a woman paid $700 a month for a not-so-great insurance policy, and somewhere a woman couldn’t get cancer treatment. Best to put that theoretical person in Colorado as it’s sort of close to the geographic middle of the nation, not as polarizing or stereotypical as someone in California (illegal alien) or Florida (wealthy snowbird) [pick any state and place a stereotype here] might be.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    I really couldn’t tell from my vantage point but was Barry under intense sniper fire as he told the tale of the woman(?) in Colorado (or was that Columbia?). Maybe Hildabeast saw it. Hilda?

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