Sunday, April 6, 2008

Sen. Clinton's Health Care Horror Story

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/05/us/politics/05woman.html?ref=us

New York Times
5 April 2008

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. [...]

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hCogqAUxS6h4Ib6RQnVPv0j9EdaAD8VTB2QG0

The Associated Press
7 April 2008

Clinton's Tale Part Truth, Part Errors

By Charles Babington

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has stopped telling a story of a pregnant woman's medical tragedy after an Ohio hospital challenged its accuracy last weekend.

But recent accounts of the episode have omitted key details that suggest there was more truth in the essence of Clinton's tale than her critics, and even her presidential campaign, have acknowledged. [...]