- Jul 14, 2011
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By Stephanie Mencimer
It's awesome that Herman Cain survived cancer. It helped that he could pay for the treatment.
Last month, during a GOP presidential debate, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain scored major points when he spoke about his personal experience surviving stage IV cancer. Cain claimed that if he'd been covered under President Barack Obama's health care plan, he'd be dead by now. He suggested that if bureaucrats had been involved, his treatment would have been delayed and probably would have led to an early death.
It was a compelling story, but an incomplete one. As Cain makes clear in his new book, This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House, he is probably alive today because he's rich. And that's not something Obamacare would have affected one way or another.
Cain devotes a whole chapter of his new book to his battle with cancer. He never once mentions insurance companies not paying for treatment, skimping on reimbursement, or disqualifying his claims. He never mentions having to fend off threats that his coverage will be revoked. He never has trouble paying the bills or getting to the hospital or into the best treatment programs. Instead, Cain's health care story is a happy tale of selfless doctors and the brilliance of the private sector.
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