Thanks To Obamacare Cancer Survivor Losing Doctors That Keep Her Alive

Expect to hear more personal stories like that of Edie Littlefield Sundby, a stage-4 gallbladder cancer survivor who will lose her doctors because of Obamacare, in the weeks and months to come.

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.

Countless hours searching for non-exchange plans have uncovered nothing that compares well with my existing coverage. But the greatest source of frustration is Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Acthealth-insurance exchange and, by some reports, one of the best such exchanges in the country. After four weeks of researching plans on the website, talking directly to government exchange counselors, insurance companies and medical providers, my insurance broker and I are as confused as ever. Time is running out and we still don’t have a clue how to best proceed. (Read More)

It doesn’t sound to me like Ms. Sundby had a substandard insurance plan before. She’s still alive thanks to the medical care she received while on that plan. I’ll say a prayer that the stress she’s endured due to losing her plan doesn’t set her back, and that she somehow finds away to continue the treatment that has worked so well for her.