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Senator Debbie Stabenow Tells Benjamin French's Story During Senate Debate

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In the debate Saturday about whether to debate the Democratic health care reform bill in the Senate, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) capped her comments on health care reform with brief profiles of two real people who need the system to change. One was 12-year-old Benjamin French, the subject of a recent story from HuffPost Investigative Fund:

Benjamin French was born with his right arm missing below the elbow. In his 12 years, he has been fitted with seven prostheses. His most recent replacement will cost nearly $30,000 and his doctor says he will soon grow out of it.

But, according to his insurance company, the boy is ineligible for further coverage of prosthetic devices because he has already spent his lifetime maximum benefit.

Watch Sen. Stabenow Tell Benjamin's Story On Senate Floor:

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund is assembling a corps of citizens with expertise in health care to help us find and analyze information about claims denials and other insurance data.

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