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Obama Caught in Major Health Care Lie

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Chicago is extremely lucky to have two major newspapers in both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.   They are both world class journalistic institutions filled with thought provoking opinion and brilliant journalism, I bet.  Lynn Sweet, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, made quite a name for herself by asking about the Henry Louis Gates arrest at a health care press conference.  Now she’s broken a huge scandal by catching Barack Obama in a bold faced health care lie.

It seems that on his current health care tour, President Obama has been telling the story of Otto Raddatz whose insurance company canceled Raddatz’s policy when he needed it the most, in chemotherapy for stage IV non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer.  The insurance company canceled Mr. Raddatz’s policy because he had a pre-existing condition – gallstones.   The fact that Raddatz was unaware of the gallstones and that they were unrelated to the cancer is moot.

What Obama was saying before Ms. Sweet busted him was, “One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn’t reported gallstones that he didn’t even know about. They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it.”

This is simply not true.   Mr. Raddatz did not die because of the insurance company canceling his coverage.   Getting his coverage was restored was as simple as having his sister Peggy Raddatz, a successful attorney, continually hound the Illinois Attorney General until she could get the attorney general to file an appeal, then after it was rejected the first time submit a second appeal.  When Mr. Raddatz eventually did die, it was not the result of the interruption in his insurance coverage and probably was unrelated to constantly fighting his insurance company for the last 4 years of his life.

For shame President Obama.   Our system worked exactly the way it’s intended to.   Anybody with a relative or friend who is a high priced attorney willing to doggedly pursue their case, can get the medical care they need.   I first saw this story on the front page of AOL today.   I’m proud that Chicago has the type of journalist who will doggedly pursue the truth.  Yes, it is true that 45,000 people die every year in this country because of a lack of health coverage, but look how many live.  Isn’t that really what health care is all about.


Written by thatsrightnate

September 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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  1. Sure, 45,000 people die every year, but aren’t they the worst 45,000? Have these people never heard of personal responsibility? Everyone should have the good sense to have the appropriate relatives willing to take our case to the highest authority. I shouldn’t have to be an ATM machine for the inadequately lawyered.

    And what was he doing with gallstones anyway? Don’t you get those from having too much gall? The gall of some people!


    September 19, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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