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You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor (Now I worry how long I'll live.)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 3,2013 | EDIE LITTLEFIELD SUNDBY

Posted on 11/03/2013 5:53:04 PM PST by Hojczyk

I had great cancer doctors and health insurance.My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I'll live.

Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers.

My grievance is not political; all my energies are directed to enjoying life and staying alive, and I have no time for politics. For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.

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.

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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: New York
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; obamacare; obamacaredoctors; zerocare
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1 posted on 11/03/2013 5:53:04 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
This steady drip, drip drip of horrendous news regarding Obamacare will further permeate into the minds of the general public in the coming months and years
2 posted on 11/03/2013 5:59:55 PM PST by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: Hojczyk

Obama’s war on women.


3 posted on 11/03/2013 6:01:42 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: LMAO

this is a disgrace to our country. God help us!


4 posted on 11/03/2013 6:02:25 PM PST by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Hojczyk
My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.

Probably just a whiney old white guy who needs to be replaced by one of ObaMao's people . . .

5 posted on 11/03/2013 6:02:42 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Hojczyk

I already have told my best friend, if I get sick I am going to die because what passes for health care these days isn’t. Having your body filled with poisons, lungs and organs chopped up.......just give me pain management and let me out.


6 posted on 11/03/2013 6:03:18 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Hojczyk

Who did you vote for, Mr Sundby?


7 posted on 11/03/2013 6:03:20 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Vigilanteman

better get another one while you are insured, if you wait you will be toast


8 posted on 11/03/2013 6:04:29 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Hojczyk

The LIC (Liar In Chief) speaks.


9 posted on 11/03/2013 6:04:30 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Hojczyk

This person will now die, and be called “collateral damage”.


10 posted on 11/03/2013 6:05:32 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Hojczyk

How tragic. Words fail.


11 posted on 11/03/2013 6:05:42 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: yldstrk

Yep. Ms. Sundby needs only run out to where the money tree grows and grab a handful to pay for all of the coverage which ObaMao deems essential, even if she will never use stuff like birth control, mental health and unlimited treatments for substance abuse.


12 posted on 11/03/2013 6:07:35 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Hojczyk

The blood is on the Democrats.

We tried to stop it.


13 posted on 11/03/2013 6:08:51 PM PST by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: Hojczyk
This story is only the beginning... I predicted as much this morning: http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/3087002/posts?page=14#14

For once O hasn't lied: Obama: I’m ‘Really Good At Killing People’

14 posted on 11/03/2013 6:09:25 PM PST by Errant
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To: Hojczyk

15 posted on 11/03/2013 6:10:05 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Hojczyk
“Someone lives and someone dies.”

- Kathleen Sebelius

16 posted on 11/03/2013 6:11:04 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Hojczyk

Maybe Little Eddie should have been paying more attention to politics about 5 years ago.


17 posted on 11/03/2013 6:14:50 PM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Hojczyk

18 posted on 11/03/2013 6:15:14 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Hojczyk

The cancer victim should ‘convert to islam.’

Obamatollah would fund their treatment from his al-Qaeda slush fund.


19 posted on 11/03/2013 6:17:43 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Hojczyk

“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”

So even an academic, government financed, non-profit entity, will not accept plans that do not allow their institution to make, you guessed it, a profit. Those institutions will be reserved for the elite pols, the wealthy, and for, at least now, Medicaid, and illegal aliens that qualify for Medicaid.

This poor man will have to find some way to qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. Perhaps he can renounce his citizenship and perfect a Spanish accent.


20 posted on 11/03/2013 6:18:00 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: Hojczyk

Everyone involved in this forgot the most basic of that which the medical profession has sworn to uphold: First, do no harm.

Modern American version of the Hippocratic Oath:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

—Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University


21 posted on 11/03/2013 6:21:07 PM PST by Errant
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To: Hojczyk

First question I will ask is did the subject of the article vote for Obama. If he did, then tough, unless he includes a paragraph confessing his error. That should be the new conservative mantra. Anyone complains, we will not help him or her if they voted for Obama and Dems. Confess regret in public article, re register as an independent or GOP, then we will help. Otherwise stew in your own making.


22 posted on 11/03/2013 6:21:51 PM PST by Fee
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To: LMAO

Everyone needs to buy a bottle of silver biotics and asap silver gel. Do the research.


23 posted on 11/03/2013 6:22:25 PM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Lurker

The author of this piece has suffered enough; she doesn’t need a sex change. Her name is EDIE, which is a woman’s name, and the article identifies her as Ms Sundby.


24 posted on 11/03/2013 6:22:41 PM PST by tellw
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To: Hojczyk

And yet I bet they’ll be successful pinning the problems on the makers in the private sector and the [few] conservatives in government. Somehow they always seem to be able to pull that rabbit out of their hat.


25 posted on 11/03/2013 6:22:56 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Lurker
Who did you vote for, Mr Sundby?

She probably didn't vote because she has no time for politics. As much as people were shouting from the rooftops that to pass this plan was suicidal, these folks watched CBS or NBC call the Tea Party folks nutjobs and believed them.

Now when they see that it was suicidal they cry, "Woe is me!"

I ask, "What flowers do you want at your funeral?"

My Woe supply is running short these days. Apathy has it's costs.

26 posted on 11/03/2013 6:24:14 PM PST by Wingy
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To: Vigilanteman
Probably just a whiney old white guy who needs to be replaced by one of ObaMao's people . . .

Actually no, the writer of the piece is a WOMAN.

27 posted on 11/03/2013 6:24:33 PM PST by tellw
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To: IncPen

The only life Demwits value is their own.


28 posted on 11/03/2013 6:25:04 PM PST by Old Yeller (Obama: A dark spot in this country's history.)
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To: Fee

Oh, good grief. This could easily have happened under a Romney administration only further along since the site would be up and running.


29 posted on 11/03/2013 6:25:25 PM PST by erlayman
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To: Hojczyk

Obama to Ms. Sundby, ““Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.“”


30 posted on 11/03/2013 6:32:33 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Lurker

Well, since he’s ‘not interested in the politics of the matter’, but it is all about politics and, at this stage, communist control, we can be sure he’s still on the team Obama. Still.

Obama is charismatic, don’t you know.

I have an associate, pleasant, great sense of humor, whose husband, though formerly (many years ago) was a reaganite, is so on team democrat, due to union loyalty, is now on this band wagon.

spoke with her months ago about it, she was going to the crowning, in january. I spoke my mind to an angry, illogical stream. We’ve re-associated, but with that schism, and she was on the other day signing up for BO don’t care and I said What!!. We dropped it. but we wrapped it up and I haven’t heard from her since.

She has to be embarrassed and frightened.

Cruz had it right. the union people have an in, here, and they are powerful but foolish.

Our Constitution does not bear this socialism and at one point it will prevail.


31 posted on 11/03/2013 6:33:49 PM PST by stanne
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To: rockinqsranch

It’s only a small portion of people who will die b/c of losing their doctor and insurance - less than 5%.


32 posted on 11/03/2013 6:34:15 PM PST by Principled
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To: Hojczyk

My tag line seems appropriate here.


33 posted on 11/03/2013 6:34:31 PM PST by Hardastarboard (You can keep your doctor - if you lock him in your basement.)
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To: LMAO

Death panels begin to rear their ugly heads...2014 will be the year of the pitchforks.


34 posted on 11/03/2013 6:38:19 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: LMAO

Don’t worry. Some drooling lackey of Dear Leader will come along and
Explain to us how this guy is just ignorant of the Glories that are Obama are.


35 posted on 11/03/2013 6:38:51 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms....."e)
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To: Hojczyk

I’ve been ‘talking’ (ok, screaming) at the TV ‘pundits’....bring up the promise that ‘if you like your Dr. you can keep your Dr’. People are upset over losing their insurance, wait ‘til some find that they won’t be able to see their Dr.


36 posted on 11/03/2013 6:39:30 PM PST by 4integrity
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To: grumpygresh

Commit a felony and get locked up and all your healthcare needs are met ....


37 posted on 11/03/2013 6:42:23 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms....."e)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Also good at killing...


38 posted on 11/03/2013 6:43:01 PM PST by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: yldstrk

If I get sick I’m going to say I am an ILLEGAL from Mexico.

Of course my lily white ass will give me away, but what the heck.


39 posted on 11/03/2013 6:45:21 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Errant
Modern American version of the Hippocratic Oath:

So, no more parts about not having sex with your slaves?!?!?!

I understand that part of the Oath from when it was written, it's just really weird to hear in this day and age. So I "get" having a modern version!

40 posted on 11/03/2013 6:46:57 PM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Hojczyk

Fighting Cancer against All Odds
AARP The Magazine
Meg Grant
Nov. 28, 2012

http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-11-2012/fighting-cancer-edie-sundby.html

A Tale From The Dark Side Of Silicon Valley PowerAgent was supposed to be the Next Big Thing on the Internet. Instead, it’s become a big lawsuit—and a lesson for would-be entrepreneurs in the perils of startups.

By Melanie Warner
April 13, 1998
CNN Money

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1998/04/13/240866/


41 posted on 11/03/2013 6:48:48 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Hojczyk

bump


42 posted on 11/03/2013 6:50:43 PM PST by lowbridge
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Palin was right about death panels.
The entire insurance industry is on the verge of collapse.
And this entire country is not far behind.


43 posted on 11/03/2013 6:51:44 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: lowbridge; All

44 posted on 11/03/2013 6:52:13 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: LMAO

WELCOME TO OBAMA’S ANIMAL FARM

THE most dangerous gov’t is the one that forces laws on the basis of compassion and goodness.
This is from Ludwig von Mises Institute.

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan… If you like your insurance plan, keep that… If you like what you’re getting keep it, no one’s forcing you to shift” Barack Hussein Obama

Fact “40 to 67 percent of customers will not be able to keep their policy.”

Fact: The White House knew in 2010 that up to 93 million workers would lose their company health plans under Obamacare.

The Democrats new solution – force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicare (socialized medicine Cuban style)

“The happy voter is the one who refuses to grasp the obvious point that government serves as a vehicle for the worst in society to play out their violent fantasies. As Hayek put it, “the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful” in operating the machinery of total intimidation. It is always from the throne of authority that the worst deeds are accomplished. This includes mass aggression against property as well as the truth. The productive capacity of society is decimated enough by government’s necessarily parasitical operation; the public’s concept of verity is challenged by the various ministries of agitprop that disguise their actions as beneficial rather than schemes of plunder.”


45 posted on 11/03/2013 6:52:52 PM PST by Dqban22
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To: JediJones
She is a cold-hearted bitch, after all, isn't she?
46 posted on 11/03/2013 6:54:11 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Hojczyk

We are witnessing a full fledged implementation of the Cloward & Piven strategy using such a huge segment of our economy that the only outcome will be the complete destruction of the insurance industry and a complete government takeover of our health care system. That is a BEST CASE scenario with the ultimate C&P strategy of Fundamentally changing the USA into a country as exactly described in the Communist Manifesto.

The deliberate screw ups on the web site, OUR PRESIDENT LYING and committing FRAUD, are aimed at screwing up the Insurance market such that there will not be enough people who buy into this crap sandwich to allow those businesses to stay in business. Notice one of the largest contributors to high medical costs, lawsuits, are not addressed by CACA © (”Can’t Afford Care Act”)

Once the vast majority of Insurance Companies are pushed into bankruptcy, the Cloward & Piven moment occurs with all the brain dead, low, no information voters will demand Washington to SOMETHING and they will not give a damn what that something means.

Everything which has come out of this administration is directly targeting citizens which politicians feel are only needed to fund their ruling elite lifestyle.


47 posted on 11/03/2013 6:54:20 PM PST by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: Hojczyk

How does this jibe with the common refrain by Obamacare supporters that Obamacare replaces and improves inferior healthcare policies?

Perhaps Ms. Sundby can join a federal lawsuit against Obamacare and get a preliminary injunction...


48 posted on 11/03/2013 7:06:13 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Principled

DEATH PANELS


49 posted on 11/03/2013 7:10:33 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: grumpygresh
So even an academic, government financed, non-profit entity, will not accept plans that do not allow their institution to make, you guessed it, a profit.

The actual situation seems more perverse that that. The policies that I have reviewed all drop out of network coverage, which is how people used to see specialists when they were seriously ill. And they make the networks very limited. Similarly, the hospitals have negotiated exclusive contracts.

As an example of this, Anthem offers policies with the same terms and conditions in many counties in California. But unlike their previous policies, they have no out of network coverage at all, and Anthem restricts the networks by county. So for a particular policy offering, the Anthem network changes with the county you live in.

If you live in Los Angeles county, you can see the specialists at Cedars Sinai hospital. But if you live in San Bernadino you can't. Clearly Anthem has a contract with Cedars Sinai, and yet they don't provide any insurance coverage at all to a resident of nearby San Berdnadino or Riverside CA at that hospital.

I suspect the real reason for the strategy is to try to increase the profits of the insurers and maybe the hospitals by forcing patients to go to a small number of hospitals, thereby increasing the volume at those hospitals. In return for the promise of more business, the insurers asked for a wider spread on their discount price vs. the list price.

50 posted on 11/03/2013 7:19:13 PM PST by freeandfreezing
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