Will Obama invite this woman to the next State of the Union address?
Barack Obama likes to create propaganda events -- including using invitees to the annual State of the Union address to push his agenda. Will he invite Edie Littlefield Sundby, a cancer patient-losing her doctors, hospitals, and possibly her life, because of ObamaCare?
The Wall Street Journal carries her op-ed ("You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor") on the human cost of Obama's and his fellow Democrats folly
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. (snip)
Two things have been essential in my fight to survive stage-4 cancer. The first are doctors and health teams in California and Texas: at the medical center of the University of California, San Diego, and its Moores Cancer Center; Stanford University's Cancer Institute; and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
The second element essential to my fight is a United Healthcare PPO (preferred provider organization) health-insurance policy.
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.
But in January, United Healthcare sent me a letter announcing that they were pulling out of the individual California market. The company suggested I look to Covered California starting in October.
What? Doesn't Barack Obama and his allies routinely deride inhumane insurance companies that drop patients from their coverage as soon as they develop cancer? Or has he just misspoken all those times he has slandered them?
Unfortunately, the California plan will not allow Ms. Sundby to use the doctors and hospitals that have kept her alive. As Republicans have been warning for years, the number of hospitals and doctors offered under ObamaCare are now very restricted. The networks are far smaller than they used to be and in the case of Ms. Sundby do not include the doctors that have kept her alive.
As she writes in the conclusion:
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.
Not one Republican voted for this massive and disastrous folly. Republicans and nonpartisan experts predicted all the "parade of horribles" that have followed the passage and implementation of this woefully misnamed "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act". The media did not report these predictions and Obama and other Democrats won reelection.
I am praying that Ms. Sundby continues her valiant battle, that ObamaCare is cast into the dustbin of history (along with Solyndra solar panels, Fisker Cars, etc.) and the next President, a Republican, has the honor to invite her to the State of the Union Address in 2017.
Lauri Regan points out that in Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's book "Double Down: Game Change 2012" President Obama reportedly told his aides that he's "really good at killing people." Ms. Sundby may be one of them.
Richard Baehr comments that Obama is like a kid with a video game. He does not direct drone strikes any more than he killed Bin Laden. But he thinks he did. There are actually trained professionals who do these things while he preens.