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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Hillary "embellishes" another story on the stump

Oops, she did it again:

Over the last five weeks, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York has featured in her campaign stump speeches the story of a health care horror: an uninsured pregnant woman who lost her baby and died herself after being denied care by an Ohio hospital because she could not come up with a $100 fee.

The woman, Trina Bachtel, did die last August, two weeks after her baby boy was stillborn at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, Ohio. But hospital administrators said Friday that Ms. Bachtel was under the care of an obstetrics practice affiliated with the hospital, that she was never refused treatment and that she was, in fact, insured.

“We implore the Clinton campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story,” said Rick Castrop, chief executive officer of the O’Bleness Health System.

Although Clinton has repeatedly used the story on the campaign trail for many months now, it first came to the attention of the hospital after The Washington Post cited it as a staple of her stump speeches on Thursday. That brought it to the attention of The Daily Sentinel in Pomeroy, Ohio, which published an article on Friday.

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Blogger Human said...

Ha Ha. Goes good with my last post. It'll be under update. Peace.

title="comment permalink">April 05, 2008 7:44 PM  
Blogger Vic DeMize said...

What do you suppose a lawsuit for slander against Ms. Clinton by the hospital would do for her campaign?

title="comment permalink">April 06, 2008 10:36 AM  
Blogger John Good said...

Human - Read it; great piece.

Vic - At least as much damage as her last 2 or 3 "embellishments".

title="comment permalink">April 06, 2008 11:07 PM  

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