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 (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.
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
'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
'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.'
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!