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refused to answer a question about health plan options for his
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email about a
question posed to President Obama on
the ABC "Prescription for America Special" and his response.
When asked if he would personally
give up his current health plan to join the Universal Health Care
program, the email said that Obama ignored the question and
refused to answer.
The Truth: This eRumor is a hoax.
President Obama was asked a personal question about his choice of plans
for his family and answered the question without hesitation. The
circulated email appears to be satire or joke.
According to the
transcript posted on the ABC web site, Obama was asked about
his coverage choices by Dr. Orrin Devinsky on the ABC "Prescription for
Devinsky ask the
President, "if your wife or your doctor became seriously ill, and
things were not going well, and the plan physicians told you they were
doing everything that reasonably could be done, and you sought out
opinions from some medical leaders and major centers, and they said
there's another option that you should -- should pursue, but it was not
covered in the plan, would you potentially sacrifice the health of your
family for the greater good of insuring millions? Or would you do
everything you possibly could as a father and husband to get the best
health care and outcome for your family?"
"Well, first of all, Doctor, I think it's a terrific question, and it's
something that touches us all personally, especially when you
start talking about end-of-life care. As some of you know, my
grandmother recently passed away, which was a very painful thing
for me. She's somebody who helped raise me. But she's
somebody who contracted what was diagnosed as terminal cancer. There was
unanimity about that. They expected that she'd have six to nine months
to live. She fell and broke her hip. And then the question was, does she
get hip replacement surgery, even though she was fragile enough that
they weren't sure how long she would last, whether she could get through
the surgery. I think families all across America are going through
decisions like that all the time. And you're absolutely right that, if
it's my family member, it's my wife, if it's my children, if it's my
grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care. But here's
the problem that we have in our current health care system, is that
there is a whole bunch of care that's being provided that every study,
every bit of evidence that we have indicates may not be making us
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
FINALLY...THE $50,000 QUESTION WAS
ASKED!!!!!.....YESTERDAY ON THE "ABC..OBAMA SPECIAL ON HEALTH
CARE"......OBAMA WAS ASKED, "MR. PRESIDENT WILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GIVE
UP YOUR CURRENT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM AND JOIN THE NEW "UNIVERSAL HEALTH
CARE PROGRAM" THAT THE REST OF US WILL BE ON ????.....OBAMA IGNORED THE
QUESTION AND DIDN'T ANSWER IT!!!.....A NUMBER OF SENATORS WERE ASKED THE
SAME QUESTION AND THEIR RESPONSE WAS...WE WILL THINK ABOUT IT!!!!
IT WAS ALSO ANNOUNCED TODAY ON THE NEWS THAT THE "KENNEDY
HEALTH CARE BILL"....HAS WRITTEN INTO IT THAT CONGRESS WILL BE (FROM
THIS GREAT HEALTH CARE PLAN)....EXEMPT!!!!!
HOW ABOUT THOSE APPLES.....NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR OBAMA
OR CONGRESS.....BUT "OK" FOR THE REST OF US????????
WE....THE AMERICANS NEED TO STOP THIS ...ASAP!!!!......THIS IS
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