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March 15, 2010

The Problem With Heartbreaking Health-Care Anecdotes

Actually I don't think it's a problem at all really, it's not the facts that surface from the story, it's the telling of the tale that accomplishes its purpose.

Still, dude.

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.

Funny how he screws up "need health insurance right now" when he meant "need health insurance reform right now". Stupid TOTUS.

I don't think Obama's team is so dumb they don't know this. They just don't care. She's a prop.

Think about that context. The current "system" cares a hell of a lot more about Natoma's well-being than Obama does.

h/t Carin, or Car in. The space means something but I'm an idiot and I don't remember things so good.

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posted by Dave In Texas at 10:37 PM

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