Saturday, April 05, 2008

Another Clinton Whopper

Trina Bachtel died just two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at Athens, Ohio O'Bleness Memorial Hospital. The 35 year old Pizza Hut manager was uninsured and making minimum wage. Even though Ms. Bachtel was in the care of a hospital affiliated obstetrician, she was denied access to hospital care to save her life for lack of the $100 fee demanded by the hospital.

Such is the state of health care in America according to Senator Hillary Clinton. The Democrat presidential candidate was told this heart wrenching story by a sheriffs deputy when he hosted Mrs. Clinton at his home before the primaries.

Sen. Clinton has told the story on several occasions since then. "It hurts me that in our country, as rich and good of a country as we are, this young woman and her baby died because she couldn't come up with $100 to see the doctor."

The woman was turned away by the hospital not once, but twice as she was having difficulty with her pregnancy. "The hospital said, 'Well, you don’t have insurance.' She said, 'No, I don’t.' They said, 'Well, we can’t see you until you give $100.' She said, 'Where am I going to get $100?' "The next time she came back to the hospital, she came in an ambulance. She was in distress. The doctors and the nurses worked on her and couldn't save the baby."

So very sad.

Except it didn't happen that way. Citing privacy concerns, the hospital could not provide details about the case, but did say that Clinton did not contact the hospital to confirm the story. A Clinton campaign spokesman said candidates often retell stories they've been told, vetting the tales when they can, "In this case, we did try, but were not able to fully vet it."

According to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital records, Ms. Bachtel was admitted to the facility and her baby was delivered stillborn. She was also treated at River Rose Obstetrics and Gynecology affiliate. Ms. Bachtel was never refused treatment and was, in fact, insured. Two weeks later, she died. That wasn't the fault of the health care system or health care providers. Giving birth remians one of the most dangerou things a woman can do and many die. That is very sad, but it's a fact of life.

This is less the story of the poor state of the American health care system than it is of the poor state of Senator Clinton's ability to be honest, at the very least, her propensity to believe just about any tale told her without fully checking the facts. This is still the primary campaign, but if she can't get her facts straight now, why should anyone believe she will get the facts right when she answers that 3 A.M. phone call?

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1 comment:

dcat said...

Yeah Indigo,

I have a story for ya! One of my work buddies had a cyst in his mouth.

Never mind we pay into the system and all. The doctor told him he should have it removed. (I wouldn't want a "cyst that can become cancer in my mouth!")

So he did have it removed.

Guess what!? He had to pay for it out of pocket!!!

I told him to not pay the bill and fight for it!

Damn if we ain’t paying for all the dead beats! Then when we need something done we get gouged again!!!

Folks need to take some responsibility!