After four brain operations, Margaret Figueroa thought she was prepared for anything — until she ran into ObamaCare.
“I’m frustrated with the system. I feel like I paid but I’m not getting what I paid for,” said Figueroa, 49, who broke down in tears while explaining her bureaucratic nightmare.
“It’s scary because this is America. I didn’t expect to go through this.”
Figueroa — who has a neurological disorder — said she enrolled in a new EmblemHealth insurance program in February as required under the Affordable Care Act. And that’s when her problems began.
After paying her premium, she received a temporary ID card. But when she went to order medication, the pharmacists said her name wasn’t in the system. And she said her doctors were not included in her new medical plan.
“They just don’t have enough doctors. Two of them are full to capacity, and the others aren’t even in my radius. There at some who don’t even speak English,” the Arden Heights resident said during a press conference with Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm.
Hope she’s ready for an IRS audit and some snark from Obama’s Twitter zombies.
“I’ve been sick. I’ve had chills, a lot of vomiting. The pain is unbearable. I’ve had insomnia. I lost 23 pounds,” she said. “Who’s going to write the scripts if I don’t have a primary-care doctor. They’ve been giving us the runaround.”
Out of desperation, she called Grimm’s office for help on March 24. She now is at least getting some of her medications.