Monday, November 4, 2013

WSJ: You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor...

I had great cancer doctors and health insurance.My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I'll live. - EDIE LITTLEFIELD SUNDBY/Wall St. 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.

...Time is running out and we still don't have a clue how to best proceed.

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.

MUST READ: The Real Face Of Obamacare – Cancer Survivor Now Fears For Her Life - The Ulsterman Report (image source)

Please take the time to follow the link for the entire article reader. This story, so well written and clearly heartfelt, is from a woman who, statistically, is facing a very tough battle that is so dependent upon a team of doctors that Obamacare is now preventing her from utilizing. Her private health plan has been cancelled because of Obamacare, and now the other plans available to her via the state exchanges are limiting her access to the doctors she has been seeing for the past several years. Barack Obama lied. You can’t keep your insurance, and you can’t keep your doctor, and in this woman’s situation, it may very well kill her.

Drudge headlines:
WSJ: You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor...
Cancer patient: I am one of the Obamacare losers...
Governor invokes 'safety valve'...
Backlash grows - Ariana Eunjung Cha and Lena H. Sun/Washington Post

For consumers whose health premiums will go up under new law, sticker shock leads to anger...Americans who face higher ­insurance costs under President Obama’s health-care law are angrily complaining about “sticker shock,” threatening to become a new political force opposing the law even as the White House struggles to convince other consumers that they will benefit from it.

Jackie Mason: Obama lying 'maniac'... - WND

“This is becoming so ridiculous, that even the biggest liar can’t top himself,” Mason, 76, told host Aaron Klein on WABC in New York City. “He looks at you straight in the face, and tells you that if you want your plan, you got your plan, you keep your plan. Now, a month-and-a-half later, you got no plan, you lost your plan, and he tells you you still got a plan.”

CNN: ObamaCare “war room” worried about reaction when some enrollees figure out they can’t keep their doctors - HotAir

This is the big unexploded landmine in the ObamaCare mine field.... This is going to blow up. Not just yet — website woes and rate shock are of more immediate media concern — but it’s coming and the White House knows it.
Officials expressed concern that the next shoe to drop in the evolving story about the Affordable Care Act would be disappointment from consumers once they are able to get on the troubled website – disappointment because of sticker shock and limited choice, according to a new document obtained by CNN.

“Mike described a general concern of PM (Project Management): getting to the point where the website is functioning properly and individuals begin to select plans; the media attention will follow individuals to plan selection and their ultimate choices; and, in some cases, there will be fewer options than would be desired to promote consumer choice and an ideal shopping experience. Additionally, in some cases there will be relatively high cost plans,” say the notes from the Obama administration’s Obamacare ‘War Room’ from one week ago…

Other notes from the war room meeting describe specific “problem plans,” and a problem with the site that prevents certification, perhaps due to a misspelling on the website.
And then, as a cherry on top, after a long summer of the GOP showcasing ObamaCare nightmare stories, insurers will release the 2015 rates next October and there’ll be a new flood of small-business employees agonizing publicly about how high the premiums are on their new exchange-bought plans. It’s nothing but sh*t sandwiches for Senate Dems until next November. How long before they lose their appetites?

It Gets Worse… Team Obama Knew Users Would Not Like O-Care Cost and Options (Video) - Gateway Pundit