Thanks, Obama! Man With More Than Two Dozen Tumors Denied Coverage for His Treatments

Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 9:20 am
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he talks with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican City

How about those death panels?

A Sonoma County man battling more than a dozen tumors in his body is fighting a new battle with his insurance carrier, who has denied coverage for his treatments.

Jeffrey Rusch of Camp Meeker knew the news was bad when an MRI found 20 tumors in his brain. Two days later, a C-T scan at Sutter medical center in Santa Rosa brought another devastating blow, discovering a large tumor in his lungs, and more in his liver and bones.

Doctors told Jeffrey he would need to be hospitalized immediately.

“My husband was having a lot of difficulty breathing already, and he was getting a lot worse, so we went to the hospital and they admitted him immediately,” Jeffrey’s wife Zoe Keating said.

In the hospital, doctors removed a half-liter of fluid from Jeffrey’s lungs, and gave him steroids to reduce brain swelling. Doctors administered emergency chemotherapy.

Then came even more devastating news: Anthem Blue Cross was denying their coverage for the treatments.

Suck it up, folks. It’s. The. Law!

Jeffrey and Zoe have been Anthem members since 2008, and estimate they’ve paid $100-thousand in premiums.

“I would call saving my husband’s life medically necessary,” Zoe said.

But in Obama’s America he’s just a statistic. Thanks, Obama!

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4 Responses to “Thanks, Obama! Man With More Than Two Dozen Tumors Denied Coverage for His Treatments”

  1. yonason on 29/29/14 at 12:22 pm

    Practicing medicine without a license is a crime, or at least it’s supposed to be.

    I don’t know why there can’t be a legal challenge against Obunglercare bureaucrats for practicing medicine without a license. I know a physician who, when told by insurance companies that he couldn’t do something, wrote in his notes that the insurer wouldn’t allow it. Why is that important? Because a physician’s notes are legal documents, and if he didn’t write that, then he would have been culpable for any negative effects. He said that the threat of noting it would often get the treatment approved.

    Of course the govt isn’t going to be so easily cowed by threats. Legal action is needed, and has been for a long time.

  2. BMV McHealthcare on 29/29/14 at 12:27 pm

    The messiah will heal this man as soon as he is done feeding the 5000 and lowering the ocean levels.

  3. Philipem on 30/30/14 at 1:22 am

    Well the problem is apparently his insurance company, being a good capitalist organization, has decided to maximize its profits by denying coverage. OR maybe this is just a clerical error.

    What this has NOTHING to do with is Obamacare. If he had this policy in 2008 it is not required to cover any particular condition or preexisting conditions, etc. Only Obmacare policies, which began in Jan 2014 are guaranteed to cover all conditions.

    Even under Obamacare I suppose they could deny the claims. But that would not mean they’d be able to get away with it, under Obamacare these costs are covered. Period. No death panels. The government doesn’t approve or disapprove his treatment, that’s done by THE INSURANCE COMPANY which still profits by denying coverage when it can.

    If you want to completely eliminate this you’d need single payer.

  4. Lefties GTFO on 31/31/14 at 7:49 pm

    Note to lefty rat trolls-You chose your side and we have chosen ours. NEVER shall the twain meet so save your talking points for Huff Poo or the Daily POS.