Senator Hillary Clinton has been telling a heart-wrenching yarn of late about an uninsured woman who died, and lost her baby, when an Ohio hospital refused to treat her because she couldn't afford to pay a $100 fee. But... Oops! "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." Video, after the jump.
I've been trying to stay off the Hill-hating band wagon, but she's really starting to creep me out. Initially, I tried to take that whole Bosnia thing with a grain of salt, but the more she talked and backtracked and recast the tale, the more she sounded not like some windy exaggerator, but like someone with "a pathology a thousand times more savage." (Thanks, Dr. Lecter!) And now there's this depressing display.
"'We implore the Clinton campaign to immediately desist from repeating this story,' said Rick Castrop, chief executive officer of the O'Bleness Health System. Linda M. Weiss, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit hospital, said the Clinton campaign had never contacted the hospital to check the accuracy of the story, which Mrs. Clinton had first heard from a Meigs County, Ohio, sheriff's deputy in late February." [NYT]