Obama Exaggerates Heartbreaking Health Care Story in Ohio
3:03 PM, Mar 16, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack Obama went to Ohio yesterday "because of Natoma," he said. That would be Natoma Canfield, who was diagnosed with leukemia on Saturday and faces terribly high health care costs. The president told the Strongsville crowd: "She is racked with worry not only about her illness but about the costs of the tests and the treatment that she's surely going to need to beat it."
Strongsville is in the congressional district of Dennis Kucinich, who previously voted "no" on health care because the bill wasn't liberal enough. The president, seemingly aiming for Kucinich's vote on health care this time around, told this very personal, very touching, story about Natoma. The problem is, it wasn't the whole truth. Fox News reports:
This manufactured outrage, of course, undermines the last part of the president's speech, when he argued that the bill should not be considered on political grounds: "I don't know about the politics, but I know what's the right thing to do," Obama told the crowd.
And if the president's trip were really about Natoma, the speech in Kucinich's district surely would not have been scheduled prior to her diagnosis of leukemia.