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The Background:
In trying to sell ObamaCare at a rally in Portsmouth, NH, President Obama suggested that doctors were cutting off limbs to make thirty fifty thousand dollars, rather than trying to prevent the amputation.

The Quote:
Barack Obama All I'm saying is let's take the example of something like diabetes, one of, uh, a disease that's skyrocketing, partly because of uh obesity, partly because it's not uh treated as effectively as it could be. Right now if we paid a family...if a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they're taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000, immediately the surgeon is reimbursed. Well, why not make sure that we're also reimbursing the care that prevents the amputation, right? That will save us money.

The Who & When:
  • Barack Obama, August 11, 2009

  • The Source:
  • NewsBusters

  • The Video:
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