Natoma Canfield wrote President Obama a letter. She has cancer, has no insurance, and has worries. Since, he has dog-eared her sob story, using Canfield as the centerpiece for ObamaCare’s touted health care reform.
While he’s back on the campaign trail, back on the stump, back to using Canfield as an example of why ObamaCare must happen, Canfield is in a hospital in Cleveland receiving free care.
Though Canfield’s sister Connie Anderson said her sibling is afraid she’ll lose her house and Obama warned at an Ohio rally Monday that the patient is “racked with worry” about the cost of tests and treatment, she is already being screened for financial help.
She may be worried but the Cleveland Clinic says it isn’t necessary. Canfield is already being considered for assistance, state medicaid, or even charity care. Cleveland Clinic also said they will not be putting a lien on her home.
In other words, without a government takeover of health care, Canfield is still being treated for cancer without insurance in a system touted by Obama and Democrats as completely broken. With all those sick people supposedly out there not getting treated, Obama couldn’t find one?
“She was very sick,” Obama said. “She expects to face more than a month of aggressive chemotherapy. She is racked with worry not only about her illness but about the costs of the tests and the treatment that she’s surely going to need to beat it.”
Yet while being ‘racked with worry’, she’s still not being asked to pay for it.
Cleveland Clinic offers personal guides to patients like Canfield who are concerned about payment to try to match them up with programs that can provide full or partial assistance. One option is state Medicaid coverage, which Canfield did not have when she was admitted. Another is charity care that is routinely provided by the hospital, which is a nonprofit. Cleveland Clinic reported providing $99 million in charity care in 2008.
Charity care? Natoma Canfield must not need an unnecessary amputation, a common practice Obama said back in August that doctors regularly perform in order to rake in the reimbursements.
But just in case, keep an eye on your feet Natoma. You never know about those charitable doctors.