Thursday, September 17, 2009

"You lie!"

From the WSJ another lie in Dear Leader's speech from last Wednesday.  Who should the House rebuke for this?
President Barack Obama, seeking to make a case for health-insurance regulation, told a poignant story to a joint session of Congress last week. An Illinois man getting chemotherapy was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn't known about.

"They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it," the president said in the nationally televised address.

In fact, the man, Otto S. Raddatz, didn't die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission. The efforts of his sister and the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan got Mr. Raddatz's policy reinstated within three weeks of his April 2005 rescission and secured a life-extending stem-cell transplant for him. Mr. Raddatz died this year, nearly four years after the insurance showdown.

Obama aides say the president got the essence of the story correct.

The essence of the story is correct? Mr. Raddatz did not die because of the insurance company. He received his treatment on schedule and the insurance company eventually paid for it on appeal.  After the first transplant had enable him to live another 3 1/2 years, he was scheduled for a second transplant when his donor suddenly died.

So the president was entirely wrong about the essence of the story.

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