WASHINGTON - Illinois' U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's comments to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas' 21-hour speech centered around Durbin's daughter and her heart condition that led to her death at age 40. The story was compelling, but the facts weren't as straight as they should have been, says Charles Johnson of the Daily Caller:
Sen. Dick Durbin movingly described his sick child's preexisting condition as a reason to support Obamacare last week, but the Illinois Democrat neglected to mention that his late daughter was easily covered by existing insurance, and that he used taxpayer money to reward the hospital that treated her.
Despite her preexisting condition, Christine Durbin, who suffered from a lifelong heart condition and died at age 40 in 2008, was eligible for coverage under existing laws in multiple states, including the senator's state and the state she ultimately settled in.
Durbin also neglected to mention that he sent his daughter to one of the best children's hospitals in the country, to which he earmarked millions of dollars from 2002-2010.
"I've had a situation in my family - a child - who had serious physical problems, who could not have qualified but for group health insurance available to me as a member of Congress," Durbin said in response to a pointed question to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
"If I had gone on the open market to buy a policy I'm not sure I could have bought one for my family to cover my child," said Durbin, who was first elected to Congress in 1982 when his Christine was fourteen.
In fact, Durbin wasn't sure about buying a policy on the open market because he never had to, having been a state employee from 1969 to 1982 and a federal employee from 1982 to now. His daughter, Christine, who was born in 1968, never went without the cushy government benefits offered to government workers and their families.
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