Cancer Patient Worries About Longevity After Losing Doctors And Coverage Due to Obamacare

We’ve been hearing more and more about millions of people losing their healthcare coverage because of Obamacare.  We’ve been hearing about how Obamacare exchange policies are limiting access to doctors and medical facilities.  We’ve been hearing about all of the negative impacts of Obamacare, but these reports have all been fairly general and broad, nothing personal.

So here is a personal story of how Obamacare and the lies of President Obama have impacted one person, Edie Littlefield Sundby of California.  Keep in mind that Nancy Pelosi is from California and has been using her state to show just how great Obamacare is and how it has reduced the cost of healthcare.

Seven years ago, she was diagnosed with stage 4 gallbladder cancer.  The five year survival rate for this is less than 2%.  From the moment of her diagnosis, she has vowed to fight her cancer and has sought treatment over the past seven years and continues to fight for her life.  She credits two things with her survival thus far:

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“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.”

Thanks to Obamacare, United Healthcare is pulling out of the individual market in California and sent Sundby a letter stating that her policy will be cancelled effective Dec. 31.  When she looked into the Covered California exchange programs, she was disillusioned to find that she could not keep all of her doctors nor could she seek treatment at all of the facilities that have helped her so far.

According to Sundby:

“You would think it would be simple to find a health-exchange plan that allows me, living in San Diego, to continue to see my primary oncologist at Stanford University and my primary care doctors at the University of California, San Diego. Not so. UCSD has agreed to accept only one Covered California plan—a very restrictive Anthem EPO Plan. EPO stands for exclusive provider organization, which means the plan has a small network of doctors and facilities and no out-of-network coverage (as in a preferred-provider organization plan) except for emergencies. Stanford accepts an Anthem PPO plan but it is not available for purchase in San Diego (only Anthem HMO and EPO plans are available in San Diego).”

“So if I go with a health-exchange plan, I must choose between Stanford and UCSD. Stanford has kept me alive—but UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are.”

“Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.”

“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.”

Edie Littlefield Sundby has defied the odds of surviving stage 4 gallbladder cancer for more than five years.  The only way she has survived was because of the access she had to the doctors and treatment centers allowed by her insurance plan.  Obamacare has stripped all of that away from her and limited her options to only a fraction of what it was.

Sundby explained what her options are:

“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.”

The Obama administration denies that Sundby lost her coverage because of Obamacare.  Daniel Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Adviser for Strategy and Communications, tweeted in response to the Wall Street Journal article saying:

“The Real Reason That The Cancer Patient Writing In Today’s Wall Street Journal Lost Her Health Insurance.”

And then Pfeiffer linked to an article that had been posted on ThinkProgress website about Sundby that blames United Healthcare.  The article claimed that United Healthcare has struggled for years to compete in California and that they no longer wanted to pay for sicker patients like Edie Sundby.

I’m certain that anyone willing to do a little digging around will find hundreds to thousands of people experiencing the same life threatening situation that Sundby is in and they are not all with United Healthcare. People fighting heart, kidney and liver disease or any of a number of other illnesses or conditions are suddenly finding their policies being cancelled, causing them to lose their doctors, hospitals and treatment of their life threatening conditions.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; Obamacare was intentionally designed to facilitate the death of people with serious illnesses and conditions.  They feel that the sooner these people die, the less it will cost the medical system, saving the government millions of dollars in the long run.  Just as you get rid of wasteful things in life, they want to get rid of people who are nothing but a wasteful drain on the system.  Just ask Edie Sundby, because that’s the conclusion she’s come up with also.

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