Skip to comments.VIDEO: Leukemia patient dropped from health insurance because of new health care regulations
Posted on 10/06/2013 6:44:03 PM PDT by lowbridge
An Arizona man with an incurable form of leukemia has received notice from his insurance company that his plan is being terminated due to regulations from the Affordable Care Act.
Back in 2006, he found out he had an incurable form of leukemia that requires ongoing treatment until he dies.
In 2012, his treatment bill was more than $350,000. But because of his insurance, his out-of-pocket was only $4,500.
Thats about to change because Michael just got a letter from his insurance carrier saying as of January 1, he would be dropped from coverage because of new regulations under Obamacare. His doctor at the Mayo Clinic may be gone as well.
"Now it doesnt mean I cant go see my current doctor, but my $4,500 out-of-pocket, is going to turn into a minimum of $26,000 out-of-pocket to see the doctor that Ive been seeing the last seven years," he said.
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A tragedy. I hope this is rectified soon for this person.
0bamacare delivering as expected
socialized medicine has a similar performance profile in all countries employing it
Hoo wooda thunk it.
Death Panels in action. I wonder if they checked is voting record?
Imagine if our health care was tied to the govt shutdown.
Bait and switch.
The Death Panels are slowly kicking in..this is what progressives have always wanted, they determine who lives and who dies
Peter Singer and friends cheer this news:
Pre existing is only an issue if you do not have current Health Insurance Coverage.
I have been paying for my own Healthcare since I got my first “real” Job at age 18. At age 52, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. The only problem with CLL, outside of it being incurable, is that it is usually considered an Old People’s disease.
I have made a point of always having Health Insurance, even when I was a young man who really didn’t “need” it. They used to call that Personal Responsibility.
With the advent of Obamacare, it’s called being a Sucker. Now the Suckers who Voted for Obama will reap what they sowed. Of course, the rest of us will suffer as well for their stupidity.
Sounds like the out-of-pocket charges are the real crime in this story.
Since he’s got to switch, might be better for him to pick a platinum or gold plan under obamacare which would give him much lower out-of-pocket expenses. Premiums would be higher for those plans, but most likely not $20K.
Just my thoughts, but maybe I’ve missed something.
Insurance companies have to “sell” insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. But the law doesn’t say how much they can charge. It’s the same with having a 25 year old kid living with you. You can put him on your policy. If you can afford the premium.
And people are just now learning about the high deductibles. I still say there is no way the people who wrote this law is that stupid. This was planned to fail. Or, as another freeper said, they never expected the SC to rule it constitutional. Then the democrats could run on replacing the conservatives on the court.
His insurance covered his cancer but probably did not have pregnancy and birth control coverage so could no longer be sold.
To give the devil his due under the exchange they charge the same regardless of your pre-existing condition. They don't even ask. I'm not sure about private insurance though.
No problem. He can just hop onto the internets, go to healthcare.gov and get a new policy (providing they’ve fixed the website over the weekend).
Of course, he’ll probably pay more and get less.
I had a great individual policy for 12 years. High deductible and very low monthly premiums. Didn’t cover maternity, mental health, immune related diseases and only $10,000 for cancer but I had it in the event I needed to be hospitalized and never ever used it for outpatient treatment. It was cancelled earlier this year because it doesn’t comply with Obamacare and the carrier which provided these types of policies is going out of business.
Didn’t go on Medicare when I was first eligible but guess I will have to now and pay the penalty and higher premium. Beyond ridiculous.
Reminds me of some food coupons I’ve seen lately where you can get something free - which is usually something I would buy - if I buy something else which I would never buy and don’t want.
A built-in death panel.
First it was kids with cancer, now this. Won’t take much longer of this crap and his keeping his play sites open and closing down Vet sites and such and we might have us a revolution.
2014 elections are not that far off. Thankfully I have a conservative Rep this year!
some cancers will simply be ‘eliminated’ as cancer - renamed and then ineligible for cancer treatment
Sorry you have CLL.
It is generally an old peeples disease and yer only 52.
How you makin?
Yeah, that’s what I get for no drinking, drugs or smoking.
Diagnosis at age 52, Chemo, Remission (good numbers), fell out of Remission at age 55, Chemo, Remission (sort of, numbers below normal but acceptable), maintaining.
Visit the Oncologist next Friday. Take it a day at a time.
A guy I used to work with was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia and almost died. He pulled through but it was rough. Didn’t know he had it until he passed out at his Daughter’s 9th Birthday Party. He didn’t drink, do drugs or smoke either.
I learned long ago that there will always be people better off than you and people worse off than you. That’s Life in a nutshell, so enjoy every moment God gives you.
Thanks for your concern. I’m the luckiest guy walking.
Que sara, sara...