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‘I’m a fighter but my luck may have just run out’: Stage 4 cancer sufferer reveals how Obamacare has cost her life-saving healthcare plan AND her doctors

  • Edie  Littlefield Sundby, who has been battling gallbladder cancer for nearly 7 years,  wrote about how Obama's plan has affected her care in  op-ed
  • Following  the law, her current healthcare plan will be canceled next  month
  • She must  now either accept the government plan and lose her doctors - as there is no  single plan covering them all - or pay more for private insurance with an  unfamiliar company
  • President  had promised that people were not going to lose their healthcare or their  doctors - 'what happened to the president's promises?' she  asks

By  Lydia Warren

A stage 4 cancer sufferer has written a  powerful op-ed explaining that as a direct result of Obamacare she has lost her  life-saving medical insurance and the team that has kept her alive.

Edie Littlefield Sundby, who has been  battling gallbladder cancer since 2007, explained in a piece for the Wall Street Journal that she is 'one of the  losers' in the president's signature healthcare plan.

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

Since learning that her plan with United  Healthcare PPO will end within weeks, she has been scrambling to find out the  alternatives for her care, she writes.

Battle: Cancer sufferer Edie Sundby (with her husband Dale) says she is 'one of the losers' from Obamacare

Battle: Cancer sufferer Edie Sundby (pictured with her  husband Dale) says she is 'one of the losers' from Obamacare as she has lost her  healthcare plan and now faces losing her doctors too

But she has learned that she must now either  accept the government exchange plan and lose her world-class doctors or pay more  for private insurance with an unfamiliar company.

It means that after fighting the cancer,  which has a five-year survival rate of just two per cent, for nearly seven  years, she faces the prospect of losing her team of primary doctors and  oncologists, who have been crucial to saving her life.

 

She explains that her insurance company has  paid $1.2  million for her treatment and has never doubted her doctors, but now  it is  pulling out of the individual California market.

There is no one health-exchange plan accepted  by both of the medical centers she has come to rely on; it means she needs to choose between either keeping her primary oncologist at Stanford  University or  her primary care doctors at the University of California,  San Diego.

Edie
Edie

Few options: Sundby (taking part in an 800-mile walk  after she was previously cancer-free) must either accept the government plan and  lose her doctors or pay more with an unfamilar insurance company

World-class care: University of California, San Diego (pictured), where her primary care doctors are based, does not accept the same exchange plan as Stanford University, where her primary oncologist is based

World-class care: University of California, San Diego  (pictured), where her primary care doctors are based, does not accept the same  exchange plan as Stanford University, where her primary oncologist is  based

'My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors,' she  writes,  '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.'

With time running out, Sundby says that she  and  her broker 'still don't have a clue how to best proceed'.

She asks: '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.'

She concludes that while taking away  an  individual's control over their medical coverage may be an effective  way to  manage costs, it makes it harder for them to stay alive.

'Broken promises': Obama has previously said that people will not lose their healthcare plans or their doctors - but Sundby said that is not the case for her and demands to know why

'Broken promises': Obama has previously said that people  will not lose their healthcare plans or their doctors - but Sundby said that is  not the case for her and demands to know why

'Perhaps that's the point,' she  writes.

While the piece appears aimed at President  Obama, she writes that she only wants to stay alive, rather than made political  points.

Her op-ed comes among increasing concerns  that exchange plans following Obamacare will typically have narrow networks of  physicians and hospitals.

It is just the latest criticism of the  system; the enrollment process has also been plagued by software and data entry  problems which led Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to  offer an apology to a House committee in testimony.

Sebelius called the enrollment software  problems a 'debacle' and 'a miserably frustrating experience for way too many  Americans.'

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Me Here.............This story is from the UK no less!  To paraphrase former Secretary Clinton, "What does it matter?"

 

This is only the very beginning of how many people will die due to the UNaffordable Care Act.

 

So the new mantra will be, "Barry lied, people died!"  I wonder how many decades it will be people the American propaganda media will cover this disaster? 

 

My Township Supervisor told me today he is still trying to sign up for the UNaffordable Care Act.  He has been trying since day one.  Now the site is going to be open only during the day.  What a mess!  The problem is far beyond programmers to fix no matter how great they are.  The programmers must follow the law and regulations.  Those are as screwed up as the web site is now.  So there is no real hope of the web site ever really working right.  The real problem is the numerous conflicts in the law and regulations.  Those aren't going to be fixed any time soon!

 

Each day we are seeing how the UNaffordable Care Act is turning the problems with health care into a complete disaster for all.  And people will die because of this man made disaster!    

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Comment by Chalice on November 9, 2013 at 8:08am

Today I read of a father who has decided to give up on life rather than pay Obamacare rates.  This is unbelievable!

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