Clinton Asked to Stop Using False Health Care Story

Here’s the crux of it all from Political Ticker:

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton’s campaign says the candidate will stop telling the story of an uninsured pregnant woman who lost the baby and died after being denied medical care, following a hospital raising questions over its accuracy.

Clinton has frequently told the emotional story of the woman from rural Ohio since late February. In the speech, Clinton said the woman made minimum wage working at a local pizza restaurant, without insurance, when she became pregnant. Clinton said the woman ran into trouble and went to a hospital in a nearby county but was denied treatment because she couldn’t afford a $100 payment.

In the speech, Clinton said the woman later was taken to the hospital by ambulance and lost the baby. The young woman was then taken by helicopter to a Columbus hospital where she died of complications.

As recently as Friday night in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Clinton said, “As I was listening to this story being told, I was just aching inside. It is so wrong, in this good, great and rich country, that a young woman and her baby would die because she didn’t have health insurance or a hundred dollars to get examined.”

But an Athens, Ohio hospital is questioning the accuracy of the story. While Clinton never named the hospital in her speech, the woman she was referring to was treated at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens. The hospital said the woman did indeed have insurance, and at least at their hospital was never turned away.

Also, the video report from ABC News:

The hospital chief executive eventually set everything straight:

Hospital chief executive officer Rick Castrop in a statement said, “we reviewed the medical and patient accounts of the patient” after she was named in a newspaper story about Clinton’s stump speech. “There is no indication that she was ever denied medical care at any time, for any reason. We clearly reject any perception that we ever denied any care to this woman.”

Sounds like the hospital was offended at the notion they were denying anyone care, I don’t blame them.

What I find interesting here is that many Democratic politicians will often speak of patients being denied service because they don’t have health insurance. What I’m wondering is why, since they say it happens so often, couldn’t Hillary Clinton find a fully vetted true story of that happening to a patient?

Seriously, if there are as many people being “denied” care, then why use a false story on the stump? Maybe an honest mistake, perhaps the story was misconstrued by the time it made it to her stump speech, that’s always a possibility.