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White House Won't Name 'Colorado Woman' In Health Care Speech
DenverChannel ^

Posted on 07/23/2009 11:02:23 PM PDT by Chet 99

DENVER -- President Barack Obama specifically profiled the plight of a Colorado woman failed by the health care system in Wednesday night's nationally televised address.

But when 7NEWS started asking basic questions such as where is she from and what is her name, the administration that prides itself on being transparent wouldn't say a word.

In Wednesday night's speech, Obama said, "This is about the woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company, only to find out that they wouldn't pay a dime for her cancer treatment, who had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life." Click here to find out more!

Pretty compelling stuff, right?

Her story is so important that the president told it to the entire country.

7NEWS thought it was important enough to fact check.

But when we called the White House Press Office to find out more about this very public story, a spokesman said the White House wants to protect the woman's privacy and won't be releasing any information about her.

Not her name. Not where she's from. Nothing.

When there are so many people suffering, coming forward with health care nightmares, why choose to highlight a woman you can't name? Does the woman actually exist?

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: bhohealthcare; donnasmith; fiction; michaelmoore; obama; sicko

1 posted on 07/23/2009 11:02:23 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: All

Am I just imagining things, or is the media starting to (finally!) ask real questions?


2 posted on 07/23/2009 11:02:58 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

Maybe it’s dawning on reporters that they will lose their health care too.


3 posted on 07/23/2009 11:06:27 PM PDT by Hugin (Sarah Palin: accept no substitutes!)
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To: Chet 99

“When there are so many people suffering, coming forward with health care nightmares, why choose to highlight a woman you can’t name? Does the woman actually exist?”

Sure - it’s Ward Churchill.


4 posted on 07/23/2009 11:07:13 PM PDT by decal ("In the long run, we are all Jim Thompson." -- John Maynard Keynes)
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To: Chet 99

Probably the same old lady that was collecting cans to pay for her meds, even though she was fully covered.


5 posted on 07/23/2009 11:07:59 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Hugin
From yours truly yesterday

The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, July 23, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009 8:00:36 PM · 100 of 206
gov_bean_ counter to sono
On the NY Times fact check...
I predicted several weeks ago that the elites will turn on Obie when his policies threaten to impact them personally. The MSM and Dem elites can shrug off higher taxes, higher costs of fuel, etc. But this one they can't run from. Obie's presidency is dead.

6 posted on 07/23/2009 11:09:21 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Barak Obama: Pontificator in Chief and Poster Child for the Peter Principle)
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To: Chet 99

This is like that fake “Tommy” kid that Harry Reid made up in the immigration argument a couple years back. The Democrats just make up fake problems for the government to solve.


7 posted on 07/23/2009 11:09:55 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: decal

ROFL!


8 posted on 07/23/2009 11:10:10 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

They make up birth certificates too


9 posted on 07/23/2009 11:11:00 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Nachum

Ping.


10 posted on 07/23/2009 11:12:27 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Chet 99

Colorado's Democratic Party Chair defended the president's decision to keep the person private.

"It makes a lot of sense to me. You can give an example, we give examples all the time, of how a policy works or doesn't work," she said. "And to make it more relevant, we may mention a first name or no name at all to tell the story. This is about telling the story, not necessarily pointing your finger at a specific person in the community."

LMAO!!! Cmon, this is about telling stories and it doesn't matter if the facts are true.

11 posted on 07/23/2009 11:14:57 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Chet 99

They probably made her up out of thin air. I wouldn’t be at all surprised.


12 posted on 07/23/2009 11:15:26 PM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Chet 99
Obama is a POS racist phony.

Time for him to go!!

What an embarrassment to this country.

13 posted on 07/23/2009 11:15:34 PM PDT by blam
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To: pissant

Teleprompter writing fiction now???


14 posted on 07/23/2009 11:15:44 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Barak Obama: Pontificator in Chief and Poster Child for the Peter Principle)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Obama’s health care plan was geared towards solving an imaginary crisis in the first place, so it might as well solve problems for imaginary victims.
15 posted on 07/23/2009 11:19:04 PM PDT by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Chet 99
This story is BS. Of course, there are and have been abuses in the insurance industry, but trial lawyers are real good at ferreting out potential booty and have been reasonably effective curbing egregious conduct. Just google the cases in California and you will see backpedaling by insurers when they get their hands caught in the cookie jar.

The irony is that policing the insurance industry is the primary responsibility of the States. Many of the States, particularly large red States (e.g., CA, NY, ILL) have ineffective insurance / health plan regulatory agencies.

California's Department of Managed Healthcare is probably the worst. Horribly politicized and ineffective, largely due to the fact that the agency director is appointed by the Governor and not elected. Many in the know say that the DMHC is the best watch dog the health plans could buy. Not surprisingly, health plans and insurance companies are big donors to politicians.

Another example of Government creating a "crisis" and using it to curtail freedom and and amass power.

Fix Medicare First! Don't even talk about messing with private sector health care until you fix existing government healthcare programs.

16 posted on 07/23/2009 11:19:21 PM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses whose sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: Chet 99

the only thing transparent about this administration are its lies.


17 posted on 07/23/2009 11:35:00 PM PDT by Post Toasties (Conservatives allow the guilty to be executed but Lefties insist that the innocent be executed.)
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To: Chet 99
The Democrats don't want another Graeme Frost fiasco, highlighting the plight of a little boy who didn't have health care, only to find out that he came from a "trust fund" family with three SUV's, an upscale home, and an office building they owned and rented out.

-PJ

18 posted on 07/23/2009 11:37:36 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: pissant

LOL


19 posted on 07/23/2009 11:50:51 PM PDT by 506Lake (Can I buy an 's'.. One 's'.. Can I buy an 'r'.. One 'r'.. Can I buy a vowel? I'd like an 'a' please.)
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To: Chet 99
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/07/23/obama-to-gop-on-fiscal-criticism-have-you-no-shame/comment-page-2/#comment-2468103
A Hotair post gives some interesting details
Oddly enough they (heathcare sob stories) all seem to come from the same person, 1 Donna Smith. Lets see he gets letters from a Nurses Association Donna Smith is a community organizer for the California Nurses Association He gets letters from a woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company only to find out that they wouldn’t pay a dime for her cancer treatment – who had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life Oddly enough that is the same story of Donna Smith from the movie SICKO. ...
20 posted on 07/24/2009 12:01:26 AM PDT by flitton
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To: Chet 99

The woman is a classic construct, a confabulation of a dissinformation campaign - it’s a genre and today’s media are so poorly trained as journalists that themselves have been falling for it for years when the story is about a Black or an Hispanic or a Muslim. Digging for facts is passe; “saving the world” is the mantra of the journalist.
BO and company are weavers of disinformation; that’s the only job they’re doing.

The Obama administation’s legislative initiatives are just as much dissinformation as the tales about Obama’s background, his birth and the circumstances of his upbringing, his elementary school years in Indonesia, and the facts of his rise to power.

The colleges and graduate schools have turned younger minds to mush in just about every field except the hard sciences. To reporters schooled in the past forty years everything that happens that involves an African American, an Hispanic or a Muslim is “racism” (Asians on the whole are not written about in the same way, since it’s an inconvenient truth that, despite the color of their skin, the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc have succeeded mightily and in such large numbers), everything’s “big bad American companies” who dare make profit.

Obama’s at the front of the bandwagon trashing big American companies like the automakers and the insurance companies and the American economy and in doing so destroying also little American companies.

We’re on the brink of a nightmare that will have those who voted for Obama scurrying around trying to figure out who to blame other than themselves. While they still have some ability to choose, journalists and Congress need to wake up immediately and realize that serving as shameless propagandists for a Marxist take-over of their country might not be the brightest thing to be doing. But first they’ll have to do the remedial work of reading the texts and harrowing history of Communism and Marxism and the bloody horrors wherever they were implemented - topics their teachers skipped in setting their curriculum.

One of Harvard’s affirmative action recruits, Professor Gates, acting like a flaming jerk with the Cambridge and Harvard police and then to top it off self-righteously using the race card to claim he was racially profiled during his nighttime, highly suspicious forcing entry into his house through the window and dissing the police who showed up is another examples of the media’s inability to tell likely facts from fiction, or worse yet, not caring. BO has been silent on the plights of entire people’s and feels moved to address the American public in defense of Gates, whom the police report from Cambridge, along with witness testimony, show he acted like a flaming, arrogant, uncooperative, egotistical jerk. What elected official friend of Gates shares those characteristics?


21 posted on 07/24/2009 12:11:04 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now (BO's toxic, hate-filled mentors:Gates, Ayers, Bernardine D, Frank Davis,Kalidi, Edw Said, Rev Wright)
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To: Chet 99

Maybe it’s the same woman who started the whole child protection services fiasco in Texas against teh polygamist group...you know, called in a hoax about being a young woman abused by a polygamist husband?


22 posted on 07/24/2009 12:12:40 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: Chet 99

Dude, what kind of coverage do you get for $700/mo.?

How long was she on the plan when she was diagnosed?

Does she even exist?


23 posted on 07/24/2009 12:16:54 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Chet 99

Almost as good as this;

Jim Lehrer: Which beings us to our final question. Governor Bush, both you and the Vice-President have offered plans to provide prescription drugs for the elderly. What makes your plan superior?

Al Gore: Jim, I’d like to interrupt here and answer that question as if it were my turn to speak. Jim, let me tell about a friend of mine. [ holds up a picture of an elderly woman ] Her name is Etta Munsen. She’s 94, she’s a widow living on Social Security in Sparta, Tennessee. Etta was born with only one kidney. She also suffers from poilo, spinal menengitis, lung, liver, and pancreatic cancer, an enlarged heart, diabetes, and a rare form of styctic acne. Now, several recent strokes, along with an unfortunate shark attack, have left her paralyzed and missing her right leg under the knee. Just last week she woke from a coma to find that, due to a hospital mix-up, her left arm had been amputated, infected with syphillis, and then reattached.

Jim Lehrer: Mr. Vice-President, we are short of time..

Al Gore: As you can imagine, Jim.. Etta’s prescription drug bills are staggering. They run to nearly $113 million a day! And she tells me that some weeks she has to choose between eating and treating her Lyme Disease. Now, under my plan, Etta’s prescription drugs would be covered. Under my opponent’s plan, her house would be burned to the ground. And that is wrong. That is just wrong!

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/00/00adebate.phtml


24 posted on 07/24/2009 12:17:41 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: decal

LOL, even though that was a brutal slam to the women of Colorado!


25 posted on 07/24/2009 12:19:23 AM PDT by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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To: Chet 99

Remember when the libtards squealed (and still do) that we only claimed to have intel on the WMD’s and were on the witch hunt about “what evidence”?

But they accept NO accountability to be responsible for the same when questioned for something they want to to use to take over the free market system?

This is simply the modern version of the McCarthy “letter in my hand” that he’d show and claim it was full of prominent American Communists.


26 posted on 07/24/2009 12:30:43 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: Chet 99
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27 posted on 07/24/2009 12:34:41 AM PDT by kara2008 (Government cannot be the solution when government is the problem)
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To: LALALAW
"The irony is that policing the insurance industry is the primary responsibility of the States. Many of the States, particularly large red States (e.g., CA, NY, ILL) have ineffective insurance / health plan regulatory agencies."

Government has managed to bankrupt medicaide, and through it's regulatory power managemnt, it has made a mess out of our existing health care system.

Why in Gods name do people in this country think having government controlling the entire health care system will result in anything better?

The track record of government is clear; stupid politicians who haven't a clue about anything except running for election will not make our health care system better.

28 posted on 07/24/2009 12:35:28 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: flitton

Donna Smith, a community organizer and legislative representative for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), was recently honored as the National Organization for Women’s (NOW’s) 2009 Woman of Action.

Smith first came to the public’s attention in Michael Moore’s 2007 movie, “SICKO.” Despite having health insurance and even a health savings account, Donna and her husband Larry were forced to move into their daughter’s basement after being unable to pay staggering health care costs—and were left in financial ruin.

Donna’s husband, Larry, suffered three heart attacks and Donna was diagnosed and treated for uterine cancer. There is even a scene in the movie “SICKO” where Michael Moore takes Donna to Cuba to get the necessary treatment their insurance wouldn’t pay for.

After the film was released, Smith became a health care activist, taking her story and those of other victims of the badly broken health care system around the country at rallies, teach-ins, seminars and demonstrations. She is a founder of the health care advocacy group American Patients United.

http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/07/10/cnas-donna-smith-national-organization-of-womens-2009-woman-of-action/


29 posted on 07/24/2009 1:00:46 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: Chet 99

He also mentioned the supposed 14,000 who lose coverage every day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUVzwXrbRYI&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Edailykos%2Ecom%2Fstory%2F2009%2F6%2F4%2F738756%2F%2DI%2Dwas%2Dasked%2Dto%2Dcome%2Dto%2DWashington%2Dand%2DI%2Dneed%2Dyour%2Dhelp&feature=player_embedded


30 posted on 07/24/2009 1:15:53 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: Chet 99

They couldn’t find her because she was having a cat food luncheon with Algae’s mother.


31 posted on 07/24/2009 1:32:52 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Ifanationexpects tobe ignorantandfree,inastateofcivilization,itexpects whatneverwas andnever will be)
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To: PghBaldy

Donna Smith has talked with Bill Moyers about the 14,000 who supposedly lose coverage every day.


32 posted on 07/24/2009 1:43:08 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: Chet 99

“Does the woman actually exist?”

I’ll take “no” for $200, Monty.


33 posted on 07/24/2009 2:07:34 AM PDT by Gator113 (I live in "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Imam Obama told me so.)
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To: Chet 99

Another Obama White House invention.


34 posted on 07/24/2009 3:04:07 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: Chet 99; All

SHEESH People! His lips were moving. Of course he was lying.


35 posted on 07/24/2009 3:56:35 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Chet 99
Just like Al Gore's plowing the steep hillsides of Tennessee with a team of mules. This was back when Al Gore planted tobacco.

Make believe s***. It's what Dumb-ocrats child like, they like a fairy tale.

36 posted on 07/24/2009 4:16:34 AM PDT by csvset
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To: R0CK3T

The Venona transcripts proved McCarthy to be correct in every particular, except that he underestimated the number of communist agents in the State Department.


37 posted on 07/24/2009 4:19:48 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Chet 99

This reminds me of the woman Al Gore used in his campaign who drove a Winnebago and collected cans.


38 posted on 07/24/2009 5:39:36 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (I plan to give the new President the same respect and dignity the other side gave Bush.)
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To: Chet 99
Wednesday night's nationally televised address.

Off topic, I guess -- but has anyone heard what the ratings were?

39 posted on 07/24/2009 6:10:26 AM PDT by maryz
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To: agere_contra; R0CK3T

McCarthy being correct doesn’t mean he wasn’t lying when he did the “letter in my hand” bit.

In the same way, even if this woman exists, the President is lying when he says this is a typical sort of experience and that his health care plan will stop it. Upthread, someone pointed out that this story is similar to one portrayed in the movie “Sicko,” where a woman was supposedly paying that much for a health plan, then got shafted by her insurance company when she got uterine cancer and her husband had a series of heart attacks. What Zero won’t tell you is that if we get the plan he wants, she wouldn’t have been able to use her savings to save her life (”Sorry, but we can’t start chemo for six months”) and her husband would probably be written off as a case of futile medical expenditures.


40 posted on 07/24/2009 6:34:59 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: Deo volente

She isn’t ficticious, she’s a composite! LOL


41 posted on 07/24/2009 7:57:48 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (Kenya? Kenya? Kenya just show us the birth certificate?)
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To: Chet 99; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; greyfoxx39; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


42 posted on 07/24/2009 8:46:36 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Chet 99

Plot continues without scrutiny.


43 posted on 07/24/2009 8:48:27 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Chet 99

” Does the woman actually exist?”

Stupid question. Of course she doesn’t.


44 posted on 07/24/2009 9:01:34 AM PDT by monday
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To: Chet 99
But when we called the White House Press Office to find out more about this very public story, a spokesman said the White House wants to protect the woman's privacy and won't be releasing any information about her. Not her name. Not where she's from. Nothing. When there are so many people suffering, coming forward with health care nightmares, why choose to highlight a woman you can't name? Does the woman actually exist?

It's like they (the press) are waking up and realizing there is no tooth fairy.

45 posted on 07/24/2009 9:03:48 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Chet 99

News Flash! He MADE UP the story of the Colorado woman, just like he MADE UP the story of Emperor Hirohito surrendering to General MacArthur on the USS Missouri!


46 posted on 07/24/2009 9:35:36 AM PDT by 2harddrive (S)
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