Hillary Dumps Another Tall Tale

Hospital contradicts her health care horror story
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2008 5:02 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton campaigns at a Montana airport. She has dropped a dramatic health care horror story from her stump speech because it has been shown to be false.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Another story Hillary Clinton has told repeatedly on the campaign trail turns out to be untrue, CNN reports. This one is about a pregnant woman from Ohio who dies after being turned away from a hospital because she has no health insurance. A spokesman for the hospital has denied the account, saying the woman had insurance and received care. Clinton, who was apparently told the story while visiting Ohio, has since dropped the anecdote.

"She tells this story because it illustrates the point that we have a very serious health care problem in America. That's a point very few people will dispute," said a Clinton spokesman. "Candidates are told stories by people all the time. It's not always possible to fully vet them, but we try." In an earlier campaign embarrassment, Clinton erroneously recalled dodging sniper fire in Bosnia.