A Stage 4 cancer patient from California will lose her health care coverage at the end of the year because it fails to meet the requirements under Obamacare, the patient wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.
Within hours of the piece’s publication, the left despicably pounced on the patient’s claims.
“Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers,” Edie Littlefield Sundby wrote. “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,” she said. “For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2 percent 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.”
Sundby became another Obamacare victim and another statistic on MyCancellation.com.
“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 percent to 50 percent more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits,” she wrote.
On Monday morning, ThinkProgress.org Managing Editor Igor Volsky responded to the Sundby editorial, essentially blaming her insurance carrier and, by extension, Sundby herself for purchasing what the Obama administration considers a substandard policy. Because of the intense publicity the editorial received, the White House entered the debate.
The president’s assistant, Dan Pfeiffer, tweeted:
The Pfeiffer tweet got lots of responses, but the one from Dave in Texas brought it down to the basics:
The ever-elegant Fox News personality Dana Perino used her experience as White House press secretary to cast the situation in public relations terms:
Meanwhile, Sundby’s congressional representative, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, repeated the same lie President Obama used for years to sell the Affordable Care Act to the public: “If you like your present plan, you can keep it — period.”
A “Health Care Reform Frequently Asked Questions” on Boxer’s website states:
I already have insurance. How will I be affected by health care reform? If you like the health insurance you have, you can keep it.
Sundby’s editorial ended on a grim note.
“For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death,” she said. “Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.”
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