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  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Nov 4, 2013 4:48 PM Flag

    Cancer Patient to Obama: What Happened to Obamacare Promises?

    Monday, 04 Nov 2013 04:41 AM
    By Elliot Jager
    Edie Littlefield Sundby, who has been battling a virulent form of cancer since 2007, writes as a direct result of the president's signature healthcare plan, the team that has kept her alive — primary doctors, oncologists, hospitals, and a sympathetic insurance firm — has been torn asunder.

    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed implicitly aimed at President Barack Obama, Sundby says that against all odds her oncologists, primary physicians, and insurance company, have enabled her to survive even as her disease morphed and returned time and again.

    Describing herself as "one of the losers" in the Obamacare saga, Sundby writes her singular passion is staying alive not making political points: "For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2 percent after diagnosis."

    "I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky," Sundby writes. "But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31."

    Her insurance company has paid $1.2 million for her treatment never second guessing her doctors. Now, it is pulling out of the individual California market.

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    • Assuming that any of this is accurate what about the millions who can get health insurance when they couldn't before??

    • The California exchange insists she choose between either keeping her primary oncologist at Stanford University or her primary care doctors at the University of California, San Diego.

      Sundby must either obtain coverage through the exchange — which would cut her off from her team — or pay 40 percent to 50 percent more for a plan with an unfamiliar insurance company, and probably inferior benefits, just to keep her medical team intact.

      With time running on making a fateful decision, Sundby writes that she and her broker "still don't have a clue how to best proceed."

      The president promised Americans like her they could keep their plans and doctors. Yet "I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician."

      Taking away a person's "ability to control their medical coverage" may be an "effective" way to manage costs, but it makes it harder for them to stay alive.

      "Perhaps that's the point," she concludes.

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      • According to Associated Press:

        Health insurance of at least 3.5 million Americans has been issued canceled, but the exact number is unclear. A survey by The Associated Press stressed that data from half the states still is unavailable.

        According to a Duke University researcher:

        Even more alarming, a Duke University researcher says that more than two-thirds of the U.S. population could see some turmoil to their plans as a result of Obama's signature legislative achievement. That's 129 million people.

        "Bottom line: Of the 189 million Americans with private health-insurance coverage, I estimate that if Obamacare is fully implemented, at least 129 million (68 percent) will not be able to keep their previous healthcare plan either because they already have lost or will lose that coverage by the end of 2014," healthcare economist Christopher Conover at the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke told the conservative Daily Caller.

        Another study released Monday and quoted on Forbes suggests that in the average state, Obamacare will increase underlying premiums by 41 percent.

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