Robin Beaton’s insurance company retroactively canceled her policy because she had failed to inform them of her history of acne and a rapid heartbeat.
In 2009, Barack Obama included the story of a Waxahachie woman’s breast cancer nightmare in his speech to Congress. Obama said the evil insurance company canceled her policy for failing to report a pre-existing condition: acne. As it turned out, Robin Beaton’s insurance company retroactively canceled her policy because she had failed to inform them of her history of acne and a rapid heartbeat. Obama forgot to mention this in his talk.
Barack Obama also spoke about another case in Illinois. Obama said an Illinois man died because his insurance company found an undisclosed case of gallstones in his past, canceled his insurance and delayed a stem-cell transplant for his cancer. The man, Otto Raddatz, did lose his insurance, but got it back retroactively and had treatment that his family says extended his life for nearly four years.
This trick worked so well for Obama in 2009 that he pulled it again last night.
Obama found another victim to report on in his State of the Union Address.
I’m not willing to tell James Howard, a brain cancer patient from Texas, that his treatment might not be covered.
But, as it turns out, Barack Obama forgot to mention a few things about Mr. Howard.
When James Howard was diagnosed with brain cancer in March he did not know how he would pay for radiation treatments costing $87,000 and $2,300 a week for chemotherapy.
At the time of his diagnosis, Howard was insured by UnitedHealth Group Inc, a policy for which he paid because his employer, Hennessey Performance near Houston, Texas, did not provide healthcare insurance for its employees.
After his diagnosis, UnitedHealth revoked Howard’s policy on the grounds that his was a pre-existing condition.
UnitedHealth said on Friday that Howard had failed to disclose an earlier initial diagnosis suggesting potential cancer from brain scans before he applied for coverage.
Of course, Obama forgot to mention this, too.
Don’t expect the state-run media to report on this.