Private Sector Preparedness Tip for the Week of 9/8/09
Local insurer Tom Montgomery calls President Obama "a liar,"offended by assertions in Obama speech, asks Congressman Zack Space to vote against health care bill
Zanesville - Tom Montgomery has been insuring Ohioans for 35 years and has never once dropped a policy because a patient became sick.
"It's an out and out falsehood," said Montgomery in reaction to an assertion made by President Barack Obama during Wednesday's speech in reference to health insurance providers.
For fifty minutes Wednesday night, President Obama addressed the nation and a joint session of Congress in an attempt to buttress his sagging numbers regarding American's confidence in his ability to transform American healthcare. Over the month of August, the disapproval of President Barack Obama's handling of health care has leaped to 52 percent, according to Associated Press-GfK poll. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/09/obama-disapproval-on-heal_n_280645.html
During the speech, the president made a few overtures to the republicans regarding perennial conservative concerns like tort reform and a more limited public option, but the speech did little to alleviate partisan tensions.
"The American people spoke loudly in August," says Montgomery. "With last night's speech, President Obama virtually dismissed the clear voice of the American citizenry. He was arrogant and condescending. He suggested that we are too dumb to understand what's in the bill. We are not misled. We are not misinformed. We do understand his bill, and we simply don't want it."
And one unaltered mainstay of Obama's argument continues to ruffle the feathers of insurance providers.
"We, insurance providers, have been demonized at every turn by the president, and I've had enough of the dishonesty," insists Tom Montgomery of Tom Montgomery Insurance. "Dropping a client's policy because one becomes sick is about the most reprehensible thing an insurer can be accused of."
"President Obama makes it sound like it's a common practice," continues Montgomery. "I'm offended by the accusation. I've never done it. My colleagues have never done it. We've covered patient's for $500,000 and $600,000 treatments and procedures. I've gone out of my way to provide a safety net for my clients, and it's about time that President Obama stops looking for bogeymen and starts getting pragmatic about the real problems at hand."
Montgomery has recently been in the news for requesting Ohio's 18th district representative Zack Space to host a town hall on health care. http://www.whizamfmtv.com/article.php?articleId=26772
"The rhetoric has changed a little, but the President is just playing with words and using scare tactics to cloud the serious flaws in this 900 billion dollar bill," says Montgomery. "Zack Space needs to stand up for Ohio and vote against any health care bill until this administration starts talking straight with the American people."