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Ohio Hospital is Hillary's New Bosnia

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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WHO CAN I FIRE FOR THIS? Clinton (Photo: Getty Images) On Saturday, the New York Times reported that a sob story Clinton had been repeating on the campaign trail—that of an uninsured pregnant lady who lost her baby and died herself after she couldn't pay $100 for treatment in an Ohio hospital—is not true and was never even checked for authenticity. Just as troubling, though, is that the events as Clinton's team tells them are actually illegal, which Hillary, as architect of the $110 billion "American Health Choices Plan," should presumably know.

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A spokesperson for the Ohio Hospital Association tells Radar that "Federal law requires that hospitals treat patients in an emergency situation regardless of whether or not they can pay." The spokesperson adds that, "According to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a woman who was pregnant and complaining of difficulty with her pregnancy would at the least be brought in and screened in the emergency department. She definitely would not be turned away because she didn't have $100."

In Clinton's fable, a lady is turned away from a hospital twice after complaining of pregnancy complications. She is finally admitted on the third go-around, but neither she nor the baby can be saved.

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