Obama Used Faulty Anecdote in Speech to Congress

September 17, 2009

During a speech about his health care bill which he gave to a joint session of Congress last week, President Obama told the story of how an Illinois man getting chemotherapy was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn’t known about.

They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it.

the president said in the nationally televised address.

It was a point designed to illustrate the hazards of relying upon the private sector for your health insurance and how, under Obama’s plan, situations such as the hapless man’s will never happen.

Trouble is, it’s a lie.

The man, Otto S. Raddatz, did not die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission.

You can read the Wall Street Journal article here.