From Obama’s speech:
One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because his insurer found that he hadn’t reported gallstones that he didn’t even know about. They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it.
He repeated a lie about the poor Illinois guy who died because his insurance got cut off. In fact, it WAS suspended but reinstated (with much help from the Illinois AG) in time for him to get his surgery, and he lived an extra 3-1/2 years because of it. This according to testimony from the guy’s sister. (H/T: K-Lo at the Corner.)
Also from the speech:
A bill for comprehensive health reform was first introduced by John Dingell Sr. in 1943. Sixty-five years later, his son continues to introduce that same bill at the beginning of each session.
When LBJ was elected a year after JFK’s assassination, he was handed a 295-140 majority in the House and a 68-32 majority in the Senate. If the Dingell bill was so worthwhile, why wasn’t it incorporated into the Great Society that LBJ and the Dems steamrolled onto the books while they had a >2-1 advantages in both houses?