Monday, November 04, 2013
The Pandora's box that Nancy Pelosi famously urged us to open
has no shortage of nasty surprises. For example, one of the more ludicrous
consequences of the "Affordable" "Care" Act, according to Edie Sundby, is the following:
Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines [That was bad enough. -- ed]; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.Sadly for Sundby, who is fighting cancer, and potentially anyone else, this stupid law has deadly consequences. In her case, this has meant the loss of her insurance policy and, with that, access to the medical team that had been treating her so successfully:
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.One can only hope her final paragraph moves some official or pull-peddler to save her life, but it should also serve as a warning to everyone else:
For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. 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.There are no "winners" in a set-up like this -- not when what should be a straightforward personal decision becomes a scamper through a man-made maze, punctuated by pleas for release.
Such a system cannot be reformed. It must be repealed.