Saturday, April 05, 2008

Ohio Hospital Contests a Story Clinton Tells


Ohio Hospital Contests a Story Clinton Tells
By Deborah Sontag

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.

Linda M. Weiss, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit hospital, said the Clinton campaign had never contacted the hospital to check the accuracy of the story, which Mrs. Clinton had first heard from a Meigs County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputy in late February. (snip)

The sheriff’s deputy, Bryan Holman, had played host to Mrs. Clinton in his home before the Ohio primary. Deputy Holman said in a telephone interview that a conversation about health care led him to relate the story of Ms. Bachtel. (snip)

Deputy Holman knew Ms. Bachtel’s story only secondhand, having learned it from close relatives of the woman. As Deputy Holman understood it, Ms. Bachtel had died of complications from a stillbirth after being turned away by a local hospital for her failure to pay $100 upfront.

“I mentioned this story to Senator Clinton, and she apparently took to it and liked it,” Deputy Holman said, “and one of her aides said she’d be using it at some rallies.” Indeed, saying that the story haunted her, Mrs. Clinton repeatedly offered it as a dire example of a broken health care system. (snip)

Since Ms. Bachtel’s baby died at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, the story implicitly and inaccurately accuses that hospital of turning her away, said Ms. Weiss, the spokeswoman for O’Bleness Memorial said. Instead, the O’Bleness health care system treated her, both at the hospital and at the affiliated River Rose Obstetrics and Gynecology practice, Ms. Weiss said. (snip)

“We reviewed the medical and patient account records of this patient,” said Mr. Castrop, the health system’s chief executive. Any implication that the system was “involved in denying care is definitely not true.”


Rest assured... if Hillary DID get to be our president in 2008, she'd be the most truthful president we've ever had. How? Because she's already used up all the lies...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proof postitive that if Hillary tells you the Suns out you'd better go have a look for yourself. Hillary so crooked and tells so many lies if she swallowed a nail, she'd poop a screw. J'Mac.

3:30 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

J'Mac, you are funny! I don't think I'll touch any screws!

Donal, I love this article and your pithy comment at the end. When you lie as much as Hillary (and Bill), you forget where the truth is. Question: Will Chelsea follow her parent's penchant for lying?

6:16 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Sissy--she already has!

6:54 PM  

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