It’s almost gotten to the point this election where if Hillary Clinton starts to tout a story I immediately question its veracity. Much to the shock of the Clinton True Believers I didn’t want to get to this point. But what are people supposed to do when Clinton, still recovering from the “sniper dodge” fiasco, immediately starts into another falsehood to bolster her position? And not just any falsehood: from the reports it seems she likely exploited a woman’s death following a recent childbirth and got all the relevant facts wrong:
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.
Tell me: In what world does “uninsured & denied” equal “insured and died despite treatment”? Even a simple Malkin grade fact-checking call would have determined the legitimacy of this story. The fact that Clinton decided to use it in her stump speeches without proofing it says a lot about her qualifications as President and John Cole’s got it exactly right:
Either the Clinton campaign didn’t care if the story was true or not, and just wanted to keep telling it, or they are less equipped to get at the truth than your average citizen journalist.
What this all boils down to is a question of competence. It has become increasingly clear that despite their claims about passing the CinC threshold and despite their claims of superior judgment, the Clinton crew cares little about actually getting things right. Loyalty, however, is a cherished value. Competence, not so much.
As our very own Terry reminds us though there are people actually suffering from this: Ms. Bachtel’s surviving family.
The worst part of this is not that a politician or campaign embellished a story. The worst part is that the media has now discovered the name of the woman, where she lived, and where her family lives. After suffering this horrible tragedy, they now have to deal with headlines and reporters.
All because a campaign wanted to prove to voters that we have a broken health care system.
(editorial blessing by DrGail)