During the 2008 campaign, we heard much about Obama’s mother and her struggle against the insurance companies — about how she worried for her family’s financial health in light of her health care bills.
“I remember in the last month of her life, she wasn’t thinking about how to get well, she wasn’t thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality, she was thinking about whether or not insurance was going to cover the medical bills and whether our family would be bankrupt as a consequence,” Obama said in September 2007.
Not so much.
Ann Dunham, Obama’s Mother, had health insurance from CIGNA according to a new book “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother,” written by former New York Times reporter Janny Scott.
In the Washington Examiner today, we get the real story from reporter Byron York:
In January 1995 she left Indonesia to go home to Honolulu, where she was diagnosed with advanced uterine and ovarian cancer. She began a regime of surgery and chemotherapy.
That is the time during which Obama says his mother battled insurance companies to cover her illness. But Scott, who had access to Dunham’s correspondence from the time, reveals that Dunham unquestionably had health coverage. “Ann’s compensation for her job in Jakarta had included health insurance, which covered most of the costs of her medical treatment,” Scott writes. “Once she was back in Hawaii, the hospital billed her insurance company directly, leaving Ann to pay only the deductible and any uncovered expenses, which, she said, came to several hundred dollars a month.”
Scott writes that Dunham, who wanted to be compensated for those costs as well as for her living expenses, “filed a separate claim under her employer’s disability insurance policy.” It was that claim, with the insurance company CIGNA, that was denied in August 1995 because, CIGNA investigators said, Dunham’s condition was known before she was covered by the policy.
“Though he often suggested that she was denied health coverage because of a pre-existing condition,” Scott writes, “it appears from her correspondence that she was only denied disability coverage.”
Yes, politicians embellish their stories all the time, but the magnitude and repetition of Obama’s Mother’s plight and this stunning truth shed new light on the hypocrisy of this President.
This, sadly, continues to highlight the ignorance or ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ of those that voted for this charlatan.