ObamaCare Victim: ‘My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I’ll live’

Posted by on Nov 03, 2013 at 8:12 pm

If you like your death panel, you can keep your death panel.

Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers.

My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.

My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.

Countless hours searching for non-exchange plans have uncovered nothing that compares well with my existing coverage. But the greatest source of frustration is Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchange and, by some reports, one of the best such exchanges in the country. After four weeks of researching plans on the website, talking directly to government exchange counselors, insurance companies and medical providers, my insurance broker and I are as confused as ever. Time is running out and we still don’t have a clue how to best proceed.

Two things have been essential in my fight to survive stage-4 cancer. The first are doctors and health teams in California and Texas: at the medical center of the University of California, San Diego, and its Moores Cancer Center; Stanford University’s Cancer Institute; and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Now thanks to Obama and the Democrats, this woman is expendable.

What happened to the president’s promise, “You can keep your health plan”? Or to the promise that “You can keep your doctor”? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.

For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.

Tell us more about that War on Women.

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7 Responses to “ObamaCare Victim: ‘My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I’ll live’”

  1. I R A Darth Aggie on 4/04/13 at 9:20 am

    Of course she’s expendable.

    We’re all expendable, unless we’re part of the Elite.

    She adds nothing to the regime. And she’s ultimately a sink of funds and health care. So, yeah, here’s your pain pills.

    And count your blessings that you’re at the beginning of this mess. At some point, the pain pills will be nothing but sugar pills. But you’ll be told they’re really good pain pills.

    See, actual pain pills will be expensive in the future.

  2. Will Munny on 4/04/13 at 11:31 am

    First they came for the individual plan policy holders, then they came for the employer plan policy holders.

    Just wait until this hits 90 million people a year from now.

    And as far as impacting how long many of us will live, once we are all on government healthcare (the endgame), there will most definitely have to be ‘end of life care rationing’ (aka “Death Panels”). And if you are not a member of a protected class, just how might our current government seek to impose certain ‘leveling’ decisions based on racial differences in lifespans and/or survival rates for certain conditions?

    You know what they will do.

  3. AEves on 4/04/13 at 12:08 pm

    I think this women is a remarkably brave woman who has been thru a terrible medical ordeal and continues to fight and be brave and strong and I hope she keeps fighting.
    But Obamacare is not the culprit here – just an easy scapegoat – if you read the CA insurance commissions website on this matter you will find that United Healthcare pulled out of CA because of profits not Obamacare – here is the link to the Insurance Commissions press release in July about United Healthcare withdrawing from the state – http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2013/release053-13.cfm

    Insurance companies are all about the profit and bottom line and if they don’t meet their insatiable appetite for ever increasing profits and demands for tax breaks they take their marbles and go home.

  4. DagnerMouse on 4/04/13 at 1:02 pm

    AEves, perhaps you might want to look a bit deeper than a press release from the CA Insurance Commissions which has a quote where a fellow guesses and theorizes about United Healthcare’s reasons. Perhaps use sources which actually quote United Healthcare’s reasons, and reference what they said. Granted, that’s not going to help you much if you’re predisposed towards the notion that since for-profit corporations are for-profit that and only that are the “base” or “ultimate” reasons for anything they do. One might note that while that’s certainly true, it adds precious little to any discussion as, since it’s a given that they seek profit, actions in their operational environment which affect those profits will cause them to (re)act, and it’s therefore more useful and equally true to note that those profit-impacting environmental actions are the causes of the corporation’s behavioral shift. Here’s a link to counter your link where somebody’s already broken this out and down far better than I might, and they in turn helpfully included links to their sources: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/11/04/obama-advisor-tweets-far-left-websites-rebuttal-cancer-survivor-losin

  5. Pascal on 5/05/13 at 7:07 am

    “…and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.”

    Perhaps? Bespeaks the mortal naivety of the American constrained by PC from stating obvious truths.

    What could pass as the Obamacare theme song is now 4 decades old. It has in its frankest of renditions the closing lines:

    “Won’t you give it a try.
    Live and let die.”