An emotional Ohio voter personally thanked President Obama for passing a health care overhaul, relating the story of her late sister’s battle with cancer.
After Obama’s speech in Sandusky, he encountered a sobbing Stephanie Miller, who later told reporters about her encounter with Obama.
“I thanked him for the getting the Affordable Health Act passed,” Miller said, referring to the health care overhaul the Supreme Court upheld last week.
Miller said her sister passed away from colon cancer four years ago — partly because she could not purchase health insurance.
“Even after she was diagnosed with cancer, she was told her income was too high for Medicaid,” Miller said.
Readers new to this blog may not know that my son was at one time diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. We were living overseas, and were counseled by our doctors that if we wanted our son to live, we needed we needed to get him to the US, as the US had by far the best medical system in the world. Only, we did not have insurance valid in the US, we did not have money for a large hospital deposit, and we did not qualify for Medicaid.
We were rescued when a doctor in Ohio noted that Ohio had some of the best public hospitals in the US, and that by law public hospitals in Ohio had to see the patient first and start treatment, before asking about insurance or payment. This simple fact saved my son’s life.
To the best of my knowledge, every state has laws saying that you cannot get turned away from a public hospital for a lack of money or insurance. And while some public hospitals are renowned for their low quality care, this is not true of all of them. As a patient, you have a personal obligation to become informed and to find the best medical treatment possible. The government cannot do this for you, Obamacare or not. Even people who are fully insured sometimes fail to seek the best treatment, to their own eternal regret. For someone without insurance and money, it is harder to do this, but certainly not impossible if your life depends upon it.
In short, while we are sad for the loss of her sister, Stephanie Miller appears to be spinning tales in behalf of a president she loves and supports. Her sister may have died, but she certainly did not die because she could not get good medical treatment. Not in the US.
Sadly, under Obamacare, it is quite likely that people like my son would be prevented from getting any medical treatment at all on the basis of some cost-benefit analysis made by a bureaucrat in Washington DC. This is one good reason why Obamacare is a bad law.
Stephanie Miller’s Twitter handle is @obamasbestfan. This pretty much says it all.
(Photo h/t Gateway Pundit)