If you are a cancer patient, being robbed of your doctors is a really big deal!
Edie Littlefield Sundby writes in the Wall Street Journal:
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…
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.
The second element essential to my fight is a United Healthcare PPO (preferred provider organization) health-insurance policy.
Since March 2007 United Healthcare has paid $1.2 million to help keep me alive, and it has never once questioned any treatment or procedure recommended by my medical team. The company pays a fair price to the doctors and hospitals, on time, and is responsive to the emergency treatment requirements of late-stage cancer. Its caring people in the claims office have been readily available to talk to me and my providers.
But in January, United Healthcare sent me a letter announcing that they were pulling out of the individual California market. The company suggested I look to Covered California starting in October…
I realize all this is boring to Obamacare supporters. For them, this is the kind of person who needs the death panel to tell her to shut up and die.
But I wish Sundby had left out the first sentence about “winners and losers.” There were winners and losers under the old “system.” We could say this because, despite the government entanglements, people who missed coverage did so for economic reasons that were usually outside of anyone’s control. People decided not to have coverage when they should have. Or they couldn’t afford it. There were real tragedies under Nonobamacare. No lie.
But no one robbed these people of what they needed to live. No one killed them.
The writer’s life is now in great danger. If she dies, she won’t be a loser; she will be a homicide victim.
I fully expect some ghoulish Democrat will say she had to die that others might live. That’s still human sacrifice.
And the truth is she will probably have died so that someone can have a cheap abortion.