"I remember in the last month of her life, she wasn't thinking about how to get well, she wasn't thinking about coming to terms with her own mortality, she was thinking about whether or not insurance was going to cover the medical bills and whether our family would be bankrupt as a consequence," Obama said in September 2007.York points to an "admiring new biography" of Obama's mother that pretty well demolishes this claim. Her health insurance was never an issue; the dispute was about trying to get disability insurance to cover her health care deductibles and living expenses:
Scott writes that Dunham, who wanted to be compensated for those costs as well as for her living expenses, "filed a separate claim under her employer's disability insurance policy." It was that claim, with the insurance company CIGNA, that was denied in August 1995 because, CIGNA investigators said, Dunham's condition was known before she was covered by the policy.This doesn't mean that there aren't real problems with health insurance. But this isn't the tale that Obama was telling during debates. What a surprise! Obama not being completely honest!