July 13, 2011 2 Comments
Remember during the 2008 campaign and during the Obamacare debate when President Obama would wax poetic about his mother’s dying days? Remember how the President would practically shed a tear over the insurance forms she had to fill out and the denial of coverage because of a ‘pre-existing condition’? It turns out that story was a complete and total lie. The President told us this emotional story to convince us of our need for Obamacare. In other words, he lied in order to get the American public to support a program they otherwise wouldn’t support. Interestingly it really didn’t work.
Nevertheless President Obama lied about the circumstances surrounding his mother, Ann Dunham’s, insurance situation during her final month. Mrs. Dunham was employed and had full insurance for her cancer. She had a deductible and some minor out of pocket expenses that totaled a couple hundred dollars a month. It was these expenses that she sought coverage for, not from her health insurer but her disability insurer. Mrs. Dunham was never denied coverage from her health insurance carrier and she never had to fill out forms concerning any pre-existing condition for her health insurance.
Mrs. Dunham did have insurance forms to fill out and she had to show she didn’t have a pre-existing condition. But those forms and that accusation come from her disability insurer. President Obama had to know this, after all Mrs. Dunham threatened to sick her lawyer son on her disability carrier. The fact that he talked about his mother’s situation during the campaign and during the Obamacare debate suggests he knew exactly what was going on in Hawaii as his mother lay dying in a hospital room.
I don’t use the term liar lightly. Accusing someone of lying is a very powerful thing and as an attorney I try to limit using the term to only those people who I can prove are lying. Generally I like to use the term mislead because it doesn’t have the sting of liar. But in this case, liar fits. President Obama knew his mother was being denied disability benefits during her last month of life. He knew his mother was filling out forms for her disability insurance. President Obama is an attorney, he knows the difference between health insurance benefits and disability benefits. So when he told the American people that while dying in a hospital his mother was stuck filling out forms for health insurance based on denial for a pre-existing condition, he was lying. He knew she was filling out disability insurance forms, not health insurance forms.
The President lied in order to tug at our hearts and get us to support Obamacare. In the end, his lie didn’t tug at enough hearts. To this day a majority of Americans oppose Obamacare. Rasmussen has never shown less than 50% opposition to Obamacare, usually showing opposition in the mid to upper 50′s. Nevertheless, a lie is a lie and in this case the President told a blatant lie. He didn’t just mislead by not telling us all the facts, he lied about the forms his mother was filling out.