Obama pitches health plan, hugs cancer patient Debbie Smith

News — By on July 3, 2009 at 5:48 am

ANNANDALE, Va. – President Barack Obama wanted to put a human face on his plans to overhaul health care, and a Virginia supporter did just that Wednesday. Fighting back tears, Debby Smith, 53, told Obama of her kidney cancer and her inability to obtain health insurance or hold a job.
The president hugged her — she’s a volunteer for his political operation — and called her “exhibit A” in an unsustainable system that is too expensive and complex for millions of Americans.
“We are going to try to find ways to help you immediately,” he told Smith as hundreds looked on at a community college forum — and countless others watched on television. But the nation’s long-term needs require a greater emphasis on preventive care and “cost-effective care,” he said.
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  • Sherry says:

    If Debbie did indeed serve in the Marines, why is she not utilizing VA benefits available to her? Based on current information at the Veterans Affairs, if she was honorably discharged she qualifies for healthcare.


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