August 14th, 2009
12:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's political arm release new health care video

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama's political operation released a new Web video Friday highlighting the story of a cancer patient whose insurance coverage was taken away after she was diagnosed with the disease.

The two-minute video, produced by Organizing for America, criticizes the insurance industry's practice of rescission - "a policy of retroactively canceling health insurance after a patient becomes ill." The video shows the story of Robin Beaton, a retired nurse from Waxahachie, Texas, who was told days before her scheduled double mastectomy to remove cancerous tumors that her insurance plan had dropped her coverage.

OFA released the video in advance of Obama's health care town hall meeting in Montana where he will talk about the issue of rescission.


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  1. Chipster

    Reading these blogs is mind-boggling. All the complaints that Bills are not available to read (they are), that there is no transparency about the use of TARP funds (just because CNN isn't reporting it doesn't mean the information isn't being provided), that the healthcare Bill is terrible (it's still being written), "death panels" (not true)...

    Stop sitting around waiting to be fed whatever the news outlets and political hacks choose to tell you! Get on the government websites. Log into the Library of Congress and read the proposed Bills for both houses and stop complaining that your elected officials are reading them when YOU AREN'T. Don't take some political operative's word for what's in it.

    Stop letting fear-mongers lead you around by the nose. Do a little fact-checking and stop being "BOTs."

    August 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. donttreadonme

    We all know the horror stories. This does require some regulation but not an all out Government take over!

    More fear tactics by Obama, if you get cancer the evil insurance companies will drop you!

    August 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Dorothy

    I hope President Obama and the Congress & Senate just go ahead and pass a well thought out healthcare reform. It is obvious to me people just aren't getting it and this screaming and passing rumors is just tearing this country apart.
    What gets me is no one said a thing when Bush was adding trillions to the deficit from a war we have no business in and you are trying to help OUR people and the Republicans cannot stand it. The truth is they probably realize they are so far away from the mainstay of what our people need that if this passes they may never get back to the party of choice. Thank you President Obama for at lkeast trying to help OUR people. I think you are doing a wonderful job.

    August 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Not only are the Rethugs incapable of bringing anything that might help the country move forward to the table, now apparently they are into IDENTITY THEFT:)
    I am flattered!!! Muchas Gracias.

    Obama 2012!

    August 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. S M R

    And the GOP want and expect citizens to continue to get minimum coverage with maximum cost. Insurance companies and Special Interest groups are greedy fools and don't care about anyone but their greedy selves.

    August 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. MatthewDetroit

    Pretty funny how their are not enough Dems to pass healthcare.
    Do you know why.
    Because it is wrong.
    It is socialism.
    This is America People.
    You have to get up every day put your pants on and go to work if you want to succeed.
    You cant be lazy. You cant have the goverment pay for your children.
    You cant sleep all day. You can not be a bum on the street.
    You have to get a job, 2 jobs if need be and go to work.
    Goverment involvement is not the answer.
    Goverment spending is not the answer.
    Goverment taking all of our money is not the answer.
    STOP spending and cut the stimulus package now.

    August 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Proud Member..Party of No

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that voters favor the GOP on the health care issue 44% to 41%.

    August 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Daisy

    For all you Christians...

    Did Jesus charge a fee when healing Lepers?

    Or did he stop to stay, "Whoa. Wait a minute. Healthcare isn't a right. You've got to earn it."

    Healthcare should be a basic right. I think it's pretty sick how we put a pricetag on American life.

    August 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. katiec

    There is a great article today in the New York Times pointing out all the lies, fear mongering etc being spewed by big corporations, special interests and some politicians.
    It is too bad CNN does not do a little of that instead of headlining all
    the distortions, never questioning their legitimacy and supporting
    the failure of Health Care Reform.
    Except for Sanchez and Cafferty, your commentators are so biased,
    you are getting more like FOX every day.

    August 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. tee

    Mr. President........I trust you.......I know you will pass a healthcare bill that will benefit everyone........You don't need the narrow minded,uneducated,fear mongering,factless, racist rethugliklan party to do so.....what have they brought to the table...NOTHING...what will they bring to the table...NOTHING........they speak of transparency.....You're the most transparent President we ever had.....they call you a liar....but never give examples......they say you're a socialist and communist.......but don't know the meaning of either word......They are full of weak conspiracy theories that offer no value...they are easily led bu entertainment level talk show host.....who are making millions of their stupidity and laughing all the way to the bank.....what a sad group.....MR. PRESIDENT I SUPPORT YOU 100%..THE TRANSPARENT ONES ARE THE REUPGS....I CAN SEE RIGHT THROUGH THE BULL!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. nea-nea

    I was watching the news in California where thousands line up at an facility to recieve medical treatment i hope all those people that are protesting and all those that are opposing healthcare see this too. Its a shame when people only think about themselves, People are sick and dying because they cant get thr right treatment and all people care about is we cant afford it and i dont want the government involved. well i got news 4 these dont care do nothing Republicans or whoever we cant afford not to do something and talking about the death panel thats a death panel when people are dying from lack of care. So if these people want to oppose something or protest against something protest against the big insurance company and doctors that only want your money because thats what its all about the government is coming between me and my money.

    August 14, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Lisa P

    Frankly I would rather face a panel of government bureaucrats than an anonymous pack of insurance company profit-squeezers when it comes to my health care. With the government bureaucrats at least I would have a chance!

    August 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. smokey

    I think its about time for the millions of people who support Healthcare for all to raise their voices and be heard.. The media is only focused on showing the disent and loud opposition..How about showing the supporters and people who have locked out the basic right of health care for all of these years..What about those who lost their coverage because of Bush's messed up economy andn ow they are the ones who are paying for his incompetence !! When are these right-wingers going to wake up, and for once go for what is right for the whole country, instead of being the party for the wealthy and of course the usual tax cuts for the rich !! Its time for those who have been without for all this time as well as those who have lost, be the ones who are put first ! And this my friends is what Pres Obama's agenda is all about....Justice for all finally !!!

    August 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. No More Fear

    I think we need media saturation. Do you remember how Obama was on all networks promoting universal healthcare in his bid to become president? We need to do that again. We need time on TV explaining the bill and dispelling the rumors. If we have the funds we can get the time and change the direction of this argument

    August 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Jimmy the Greek

    STEP ONE: Promise to PUSH through Government Sponsored Healthcare WITHOUT any concrete plans (currently 5 competing bills in Congress)

    STEP TWO: Demonize any opponents

    STEP THREE: Instruct citizens to report any "fishy" information/emails to the White House

    STEP FOUR: Implement Government Propaganda (videos, TV ads, etc)

    STEP FIVE: Use paliamentary "nuclear option" in congress to STOP any debate and/or filibuster.

    August 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. MatthewDetroit

    I cant get through to congress by phone or email.
    GOD BLESS all the Americans that are calling to complain about the health care bill and the president.
    We do not want them involved.
    We do not need bigger goverment.
    Keep it up people.
    This is how Democracy works. Tell the President NO.
    STOP SPENDING.
    CUT SPENDING.
    NO GOVERMENT HEALTHCARE.
    This IS NOT RUSSIA.

    August 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Remi

    I think Obama should talk to the Dem's and revise their position on the current Healthcare proposals. If they took out the public option and just worked on cost savings he would get a lot more support and he will quit sliding in the polls. Unfortunately I doubt it will happen.

    August 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. MatthewDetroit

    NO one is locked out of healthcare.
    And you DO NOT deserve anything.
    Get off your butt and work harder.
    Get a second job.
    Dont give me this crap that healthcare is bad because it is not.
    20 Illegal aliens DO NOT deserve health care.
    People that will not work EVERY day do not deserve health care.
    Get a job and stop whining.
    I DO not want goverment run health care.
    It does not work in Europe and it does not work in Canada.
    WE have the greatest health care in the world.
    Do not let Barack Chavez Obama take it away.
    He will ruin the United States of America.

    August 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Randy N

    We need Jobs, If america is not working, how do you believe this will be paied for? Printing up more money is not the answer that devalues our dollar and put's more stress on our system. We the people really ought to think seriously about Impeaching this goverment. Not only would it open up jobs, but would take alot of stress out of the american public. We could fix this econmy, job market stock market, healthcare, and everything else messed up in this country. Don't liten to these fools in Washington any father just Impeach them Randy

    August 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    America,the world is watching!

    August 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. T Mckinley

    Why is it that many of the people who oppose health care reform on the grounds that "the government can't run anything right, " are the same people who fully support our government run military and government run wars?

    Any why is it that these same people, who say that healthcare reform will "cost too much," want to give the Pentagon a "blank check" to spend all the money in the world on guns, tanks, bombs, planes, etc.?

    And why is it that many of these people, who don't want to help their fellow Americans obtain health care because "it's their money," have absolutely no problem at all allowing the Federal government to use "their money" to invade and occupy inept, third world countries that pose no significant threat to us?

    August 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Neutralizer

    Obambi is the worst President, he surpassed GWB in less than one year in office. What he said in 2003 and today is huge. How can anyone can trust this man who flip and flop depending what the poll says? Obambi says what people wanted to hear. I can't wait for 2012 to be here, I never thought I would say this, but this man some people call President is quite irritating, aggravating due to his lies that never stop day in and day out!

    Either lead, follow or get the HELL OUT OF THE WAY Obambi! In Less than year in office he has created a NEW DEFICIT of over a trillion and his office projected another $1.8 Trillion new deficit! Yo! Obambi! America CANNOT AFFORD your SPENDING SPREE – we're FLAT BROKE!

    August 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Ted Tartaglia

    It is about time someone is blowing the whistle on the insurance companies. Republican ideologues are supporting the free market insurance companies in defrauding their clients. Republican supporters are spreading mistruths and outright lies about President Obama healthcare reform along with stirring up the unstable portion of their base.

    I'm really fearful that the Party of No has put enough fear in people that meaningful reform may be derailed. Republicans should start thinking for themselves and stop being led like sheep by Rush, Hannity, Palin, Newt, Boehner. Use your heads for something other than just keeping your ears apart.

    August 14, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. joy

    thank you President Obama for all you have done for this country. i pray to God to protect you and your family. thank you for fighting for the poor and the needy. we need to REFORM HEALTHCARE! but the media and the right wing want the President to fail, so that they will add him to these other President who were not able to pass HCR. is a shame.the ignorant of these people in these town hall meetings is a shame as well. after watching all these fools going crazy in those town hall meetings, i am convince that we need HCR and Education Reform as well. and most of those people are the child that was left behind.

    August 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. JP

    Clealy any reform that takes place needs to address issues such as the one described. More importantly it needs to address issues such as medical malpractice reform with causes Dr's to practice defensive medicine which accounts for hundreds of millions in healthcare spending. One of many reasons I don't trust Obama on health care is because he is putting the intrests of trial lawyers before taxpayers.

    August 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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