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Thank You, Mr. President, for the Insurance You Didn't Get Me!


If it's a car you lack, I'll buy you a great big Cadillac

Ah, the perils of politicking by personal anecdote:

A Des Moines woman who publicly thanked Barack Obama Tuesday for helping her obtain health insurance actually is receiving her coverage through a 25-year-old state program.

CeCe Ibson was chosen to share her personal story as an introduction to a Michelle Obama speech in Windsor Heights. Ibson talked about losing her health-insurance coverage when she lost her job as a lawyer two years ago. She bought private coverage for her two children, she said, but could not find it for herself. "No one would insure me because of my pre-existing conditions. No one. Until President Obama stood up for me and millions of Americans like me across Iowa and across the country," she said to cheers from the crowd of campaign volunteers.

In fact, Ibson's current coverage is provided by HIP Iowa, a state insurance program for people whose health problems make them ineligible for most commercial insurance. HIP Iowa was created in 1987, when Republican Terry Branstad was governor. Most of its subsidies come from fees paid by commercial insurers. Ibson did not qualify for a similar program created last year under President Obama's health-reform law. That program, called "HIP Iowa-Fed," offers significantly cheaper premiums than HIP Iowa, but it is open only to people who have gone without insurance for at least six months.

Link via the Twitter feed of "Baseball Crank" Dan McGlaughlin.

Meanwhile, the Texas engineer who Obama was going to find a job for remains unemployed. My April-issue column on anecdotal governance here.

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  1. So, Obama’s supporters are liars too? I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! < /feigned outrage >

    1. History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
      ? Napoleon Bonaparte

  2. So, lawyer and Obama supporter lies through her teeth in order to fluff Michelle.

    I’m sure “fact checks” and corrections are being readied in legacy media outlets across the country.

    1. They’re too busy writing up this year’s “Lie of the Year” about Republicans saying Obamacare is a government takeover of healthcare.

  3. Ibson talked about losing her health-insurance coverage when she lost her job as a lawyer two years ago.

    Translation. The law firm she was working for couldn’t figure out how to bill her services at $350/hour.

  4. Many calls came from out-of-state companies, as well as companies throughout Texas. But Darin’s work choices are limited to North Texas because of a custody agreement for one of his two daughters that prevents him from moving away.

    So the fact of the matter is that this guy could get work. Guess what, not every choice is an easy one. I wish this guy well and hope a nice clean solution to his unemployment problem pops up tomorrow right next-door to him in Fort Worth – but I could go down to the Fort Worth Home Depot parking lot today and show him forty Mexican day-workers who haven’t seen their daughters for a year or so for their determination to have a job. It all depends on how badly you want it.

    1. See the difference is he’s an American so he shouldn’t have to do that.

    2. Nothing like using your unwillingness to move as a sledgehammer to drive your useless point home. Fuck this guy.

      1. So we have an unemployed lawyer and an unemployed engineer stuck with a custody agreement he doesn’t know how to loosen.

        *scratches head*

        Yeah, I know, the lawyer not from Texas, but still, what’s a job?

  5. OT: What is it with these awful album covers lately? I blame Karl Hungus.

    On thread: Ibson sounds suspiciously like noted playwright Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

      1. That’s the one Karl provided! Apparently, this well will never run dry.

        1. President Willard will erase the 1970’s.

      2. Those are so awesome. I love them all.

        Does anyone know if the Cody Matherson “Can I Borrow A Feelin’?” is real, or a Simpsons copycat? Snopes seems to think it’s the latter.

        1. Cody Matherson is a fake.

  6. Re: Alt-Text
    The line is actually “If it’s a car you lack, I’ll surely buy you a Cadillac.”

    I really loathe Andrew Gold, but “Thank You For Being A Friend” is much more tolerable than “Lonely Boy.”

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