Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tragedy Pimpin’: Natoma Canfield turns out to be a prop

Today Obama was in Ohio trying to sell his nauseating health care reform. As usual Obama was pimpin’ someone’s personal tragedy as a reason to support ObamaCare. This time the story is of cancer patient Natoma Canfield.

Natoma Canfied is a 50-year-old unemployed woman who had to drop her health insurance because the price went from $5,000 to $8,000.  Natoma is terrified she will soon lose her home. Cue Savior Obama, who swoops into Ohio with the answer to Natoma’s prayers: ObamaCare!


Now here is the catch. Gateway Pundit finds that Natoma isn’t the hard luck story she pretends to be.
Natoma Canfield is being cared for at one of the top cancer centers in America. She will qualify for financial aid and won’t lose her home.
FOX News reported:

Natoma Canfield, the cancer-stricken woman who has become a centerpiece of President Obama’s push for health care reform, will not lose her home over her medical bills and will probably qualify for financial aid, a top official at the Cleveland medical center treating her told FoxNews.com.
Though Canfield’s sister Connie Anderson said her sibling is afraid she’ll lose her house and Obama warned at an Ohio rally Monday that the patient is “racked with worry” about the cost of tests and treatment, she is already being screened for financial help.
Lyman Sornberger, executive director of patient financial services at the Cleveland Clinic, said “all indications” at the outset are that she will be considered for assistance.
“She may be eligible for state Medicaid … and/or she will be eligible for charity (care) of some form or type. … In my personal opinion, she will be eligible for something,” he said, adding that Canfield should not be worried about losing her home.
“Cleveland Clinic will not put a lien on her home,” he said
Personally I am sick to death with politicians on both sides of the aisle who make these emotional pleas for various types of legislation. A lawyer friend of mine once told me an old saying; i “hard cases make bad law”.  What this mean is that there are real people who do have unique and tragic circumstances, however blanket laws to compensate them only makes things worse for the rest of us. These individuals require special and individual attention and not universal fixes.


sarainitaly said...

Pelosi talked about how the $200M in the stimulus bill for birth control would save the government money, in the long run. Then Stupak said the other day that Democrats want abortion in the bill because it would mean less people using the health care system (paraphrasing).

Now, going back to Palin's death panels - are we really supposed to believe that if Government controls the health care they won't decide some terminal or severely sick patients aren't worth caring for, because it will save them money...?

I am SO tired of these stories, "I got a letter..." Why aren't they reading any of the letters that say what crap this bill is?

Janelle said...

Poor, poor Naomi......a patient of The Cleveland Clinic.

Clifton B said...

american girl in italy:

The Death Panel concept is completely correct. When government gets to decide what is or isn't worth paying for, you no long have a course for regress. This is why the left went crazy over Palin's death panel remark. She laid the truth out.

I too am sick and tired of these sob story letters. An entire nation cannot go around adopting laws become one of us has a tragedy. When Republicans get back in power, I will beat them silly if they play tragedy pimps.

Clifton B said...


Whenever Obama uses these "victims" I am instantly leery.

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