While the political bickering continues in Washington DC about how the Affordable Care Act may or may not hurt the economy, cause millions to lose their insurance, and force millions more to get health insurance that they don’t want, Edie Littlefield Sundby doesn’t have time to wonder how the politics will pan out. She has to make decisions that will prolong her life as much as possible and right now, none of the options look very good.
She has the right people doing the right things to help her beat the odds so far. Stage-4 gallbladder cancer has a 2% survival rate for those five years after their diagnosis. Sundby going into year seven. She’s also going into the new year without the appropriate health insurance that she feels will keep her alive.
Everything that her current plan has done has met her highest expectations. They’ve forked out $1.2 million to keep her alive. They are, according to the Affordable Care Act, not going to be able to offer coverage as of the start of 2014. Her alternatives of private and government health exchange options either cost substantially more while forcing her to change her treatment or are insufficient to maintain her treatment level.
This is a tragic example of how politics and the burning desire to have a meaningful place in history has forced President Obama to set aside the lives of actual humans in favor of his legacy. His program will not do what it promised. He knew that when he blatantly lied to the American people in order to sell it to us and he knows that now while he tries to toss the blame at companies like United Healthcare PPO that Edie Sundby claims have kept her alive and given her a fighting chance.
According to Sundby:
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.
Put the political spin machine down for a moment, Mr President, and do something about Edie Sundby’s precarious situation before you cost the life of a person you are supposed to be serving.
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