President Obama's infamous pledge that those who like their health insurance plans and their doctors, can keep them, even after the implementation of the so-called Affordable Care Act, has already been discredited as an outright lie.
Sadly, Mr. Obama repeated this lie over and over again - in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and as late as September 2013.
However, it is worthwhile to recount another one of Obama's outright lies regarding health care - specifically regarding the late Stanley Ann Dunham's health insurance policy - a blatant lie which the President and First Lady repeated during the 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns.
The aforementioned lie is not on the same scale as the, "you can keep your insurance plan, if you like it" lie, because it does not directly impact the lives of millions of Americans in the same fashion. But it is a lie, nonetheless, and one deserving of an honorable mention. Heh.
The President made the claim that his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, shortly before her death, had been denied health care coverage for her medical treatment because of a pre-existing condition.
In October of 2008, during a Presidential debate with Senator John McCain, Obama went so far as to say: “For my mother to die... at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.”
However, not surprisingly, Obama was lying.
Journalist, Janny Scott, in her biography of Stanley Ann Dunham, “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” - released in 2011 - tells the real story.
Scott reviewed correspondence between Dunham and the insurance company, and discovered that there was a dispute over disability coverage, not health insurance coverage.
Dunham, despite Barack Obama's claims, had health insurance that “covered most of the costs of her medical treatment," Scott revealed.
"According to [Dunham's] correspondence, Barry [Barack] helped her with insurance forms and letters in the immediate aftermath of her surgery,” Scott writes. "The hospital billed her insurance company directly, leaving Ann to pay only the deductible and any uncovered expenses... To cover those charges as well as living expenses, she filed a separate claim under her employer’s disability insurance policy. That policy, however, contained a clause allowing the company to deny any claim related to a preexisting medical condition."
The insurance company denied Dunham's disability claim because, two and a half months before she took on her new job, her doctor in Honolulu diagnosed her as having a serious and life-threatening illness. But, nevertheless, as noted earlier, despite Barack Obama's claims, the insurance company covered most of the costs of her medical treatment.
After the book was published in 2011, the White House released a statement, saying. “The president has told this story based on his recollection of events that took place more than 15 years ago.”
Apparently the President's memory started to grow dim in 2008, and he forgot that he had "helped [his mother] with insurance forms and letters in the immediate aftermath of her surgery," and that she had received insurance coverage for her medical treatment.
But, nevertheless, Mr. Obama repeated the lie, in 2012, even after the book was published.
What's more, in a 2012 campaign video, while trying to promote her husband's health care initiative, Michelle Obama falsely suggested that her mother-in-law's death could have been prevented were it not for the aforementioned insurance company and the supposedly bad insurance that she had.
"She never really had good, consistent insurance," the First Lady said. "That's a tough thing to deal with," watching a close one die of something that “could have been prevented. I don't think [Barack] wants to see anyone going through that."
An unadulterated lie.
The President's affinity for lying is deeply troubling - especially when it relates to serious matters like health insurance. But his ability to be so comfortable, and so at ease, when he lies - over and over and over again, without batting an eyelash - is deeply troubling too.
Ultimately, Mr. Obama is first and foremost a politician - perhaps the greatest, and most artful, politician of all-time - who has absolutely no anxieties or qualms with lying; it's part of his make-up. And, unless the mainstream media begins to call out Obama on all his lies, he will continue to be a cunning, serial liar, who lies unabatedly - without batting an eyelash - while craving, and enjoying, every minute of his lying sprees.