Many Americans disagree with President Obama's politics and still like him as a man. After this unbelievable story, that might change. Politics and lies go hand-in-hand, but most politicians drawn the line when it comes to lies about family and friends. Not Obama. Not only did he lie about his own mother in the new mini-documentary, 'The Road We've Traveled', he lied about his mother's battle with cancer! In the documentary, the President talks about Stanley Ann Durham's battle with ovarian cancer, "When my mom got cancer, she wasn't a wealthy woman and it pretty much drained all her resources." First Lady Michelle, adds, "She developed ovarian cancer, never really had good, consistent insurance. That's a tough thing to deal with, watching your mother die of something that could have been prevented."
The story might sound familiar to people, Obama often told a similar tale during his 2008 campaign. The Washington Post recalls a comment Obama made during a presidential debate with John McCain. "For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that." Of course, if that was the truth, it would be disturbing. Lack of health insurance causes loved ones to die needlessly from cancer everyday. But it's not true.
Journalist Janny Scott wrote a biography about President Obama's mother, "A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's mother." In the book, she went over the letters between Durham and her insurance company, which was a dispute over disability coverage, not health insurance coverage. Scott wrote that Durham had health insurance that "covered most of the costs of her medical treatment...The hospital billed her insurance company directly, leaving Ann to pay only the deductible and any uncovered expenses, which, she said, came to several hundred dollars a month." Obama's claim isn't just misleading, it is a flat-out lie to garner support for Obamacare.
For people who have lost loved ones to cancer because of a lack of health coverage this is disgusting. Not just the lies, but the fact that President Obama would even discuss his mother's death in this context. Dunham died from cancer in 1996. She was earning $82,500 in 1995 (the equivalent of $123,000 today) and her son was an attorney, she was not desolate. This was done to mislead citizens into thinking this poor woman may have lived longer had she not been denied care. As always, if the story was about a conservative politician, they would be humiliated and ousted from their job. However, the story will be changed, the President's words will be just a 'simple misunderstanding' and those questioning the President will be ridiculed. The truth will eventually catch up with him.
Check out the Washington Post article for more details here.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012