Ooops. The Wall Street Journal reports:
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In fact, the man, Otto S. Raddatz, didn’t die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission.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.
Yes, this would be the same speech that he was called a liar.
I am in no way minimizing what happened to Mr. Raddatz, however based on Peggy Raddatzs’ own testimony there was no evidence that Mr. Raddatz was NOT told about his prior condition which is what led the insurance company to “assume” that Mr. Raddatz had lied on his application. Why would the insurance company wait until after Mr. Raddatz had received six rounds of chemotherapy to decide to cancel him? It was a mistake. A mistake that was corrected within 3 weeks and did not interfere with his treatment. The policy was re-instated without lapse.
But, Otto and Peggy Raddatz are not the point of this story. Obama is.
Peggy Raddatz provided testimony on June 16, 2009 before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations regarding what had happened to her brother. Was the testimony not available to Obama? Maybe his administration isn’t familiar with this new fangled stuff – like YouTube. Nancy Pelosi was aware, the video of Peggy’s testimony is posted to her YouTube site.
Technically the President was accurate because Otto Raddatz did in fact die? Are they serious……………..