On the campaign trail in 2007 and 2008, and all the way up until the health care law was passed, Barack Obama told a story about his personal reason for going on a quest to reform the “broken health care system.” The story, repeated often, was that his mother had cancer and spent the last few months of her life arguing with her health insurer, which was supposedly engaged in efforts to deny her coverage and generally making her remaining time miserable.

The New York Times picks it up from there:

But in “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother,” author Janny Scott quotes from correspondence from the president’s mother to assert that the 1995 dispute concerned a Cigna disability insurance policy and that her actual health insurer had apparently reimbursed most of her medical expenses without argument.

How in the world did this bit if information escape the comprehensive mainstream media examination of Barack Obama’s past during the 2008 campaign? Oh wait, there wasn’t one — nevermind.

Or, is this just another crazy claim in a book? If so you’d expect a flat denial from the White House, but that’s not what happened:

On Wednesday, in response to repeated requests for comment that The Times first made in mid-June, shortly after the book’s release, a White House spokesman chose not to dispute either Ms. Scott’s account or Mr. Obama’s memory, while arguing that Mr. Obama’s broader point remained salient.

“We have not reviewed the letters or other material on which the author bases her account,” said Nicholas Papas, the spokesman. “The president has told this story based on his recollection of events that took place more than 15 years ago.”

When Obama was running for president and pitching his plan for government health care, his recollection of events seemed fairly vivid:

“She wasn’t thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality,” Obama said at a rally in September 2007. “She had been diagnosed just as she was transitioning between jobs, and she wasn’t sure whether insurance was going to cover the medical expenses because they might consider this a pre-existing condition. I remember just being heartbroken, seeing her struggle through the paperwork and the medical bills and the insurance forms. So, I have seen what it’s like when somebody you love is suffering because of a broken health care system, and it’s wrong. It’s not who we are as a people.”

From what we’re learning about the story of Obama’s mother and health insurance companies, she could have been used as an example of why the private health system — though it does have it’s flaws — works. Certainly better than anything the government has or ever will devise.

Obama’s story about his mother leaves out one question: Where was Barack Obama during all this? He speaks of his mother as if she was stuck doing all the paperwork and dealing with insurance companies, fighting off continual attempts to end her coverage and struggling to come up with the money for her co-pays all by herself. Did her 34 year old son — a lawyer, community organizer and soon to be bestselling author — help out at all? According to Obama she was at the complete mercy of cold, calculating insurance companies.

It’s looking like the truth is that Obama didn’t have to help out much because his mother wasn’t being jerked around nearly as much as he has claimed, and the story that became the very foundation for the Obamacare pitch is an exaggeration at best, and a fabrication at worst. In other words, pretty much like everything else this administration does.


8 Responses to “Was Obama’s Mother Really the Victim of a ‘Broken Health Care System’?”

  1. Marshall_Will on July 15th, 2011 11:20 am

    "Obama’s story about his mother leaves out one question: Where was Barack Obama during all this?"

    "Barack has a mind like a Steel TRAP! 'He'… [ HE! ] will -never- forget your story…" ( Mrs. Waggy McWaggy Finger.., whilst wagging her finger )

    Unless of course it's dear old MOM. I'll have to concede not having done my homework of this Kafka-esque victim of a character. But… strikes me as one that moved around a quite a bit. "Free spirits" often don't stop to weigh the consequences and price of adventure.

    I can understand being fed a line. Happens to all of us, and when the server happens to be a real 'charmer' (?) we often extend credibility longer than we perhaps should. But we're not talking about a singular person being lied to by someone they never thought they'd be having the good fortune to be having s_x with? This was the MSM, supposedly.

  2. cdl on July 15th, 2011 12:20 pm

    He lied, momma died…

    of cancer

    not insurance

  3. Marshall_Will on July 15th, 2011 12:32 pm

    Doug makes dual points in asking where were Barky when all this terrible injustice and abuse was going on? Certainly he had the education [formal] to intervene had that been the case. The Evil Spawn yawned!

    And as you further drive home, even the best of insurance is no ASSURANCE you won't become ill and die? We'll see Soros, Buffet and other Marcos wannabe's invoke the powers of Shaman, if only to rule for one more day?

  4. Doug on July 15th, 2011 12:42 pm

    Yes, and nobody can tell me that Captain Community Organizer couldn't have had a cadre of rent-a-mobs protesting the insurance company for any number of reasons if they were really screwing his mother over.

  5. Granny55 on July 15th, 2011 12:35 pm

    As more and more of Dick Obama's lies come out it is going to be a huge black eye (no racist pun intended) for the press. If they would have done their jobs in the first place instead standing in the rooting section he would still be lying in the senate. I love the new media and the way they are exposing him for the wretched Marxist that he is.

    And how typical of Duh Vun that he used his mother in the lie and is not ashamed to do so either. It's the liberal's religion.

  6. Marshall_Will on July 15th, 2011 2:07 pm


    How 'different' is it than all these celeb's kids that think b/c their parents are so and so they can get away w/ basically anything? Initially, the parents tend to view it as just one of the 'perks' that come with being a public figure.

    Then a wrecked Mercedes on prom night. No big. Alcohol turns to drugs. So what, a lot of people do drugs? Next some girl isn't' 'fun' on a date. Things get rough. Eventually someone gets seriously hurt or even killed!

    At which point the parents have no choice but to distance themselves from a child that never met a lenience they couldn't push a little farther? Michael Douglass' kid and Obie would have so much to talk about!

  7. JustAsking on July 16th, 2011 1:57 am

    after looting for eight years the republicans had to find a democrate who would be so disqusting, so astoundingly bad, that folks would forget all the wealth they had stolen and focus on the devil sperm democrate…….
    Gosh, they picked well didn't they……….nothing the republicans did while in office can compare to this democrate demon….. so they are looking good to retake control.

  8. SignPainterGuy on July 17th, 2011 1:28 am

    Are you actually believing that the republicans picked Obama as the `08 presidential candidate and then got him elected ? Fascinating, especially since Bush was so dumb and all. And republicans are also dumb, too stupid to see the wisdom of progressive economic policies.

    Just so you can be correct, it`s:
    or other ways, but not "democrate". That`s just wrong !