Under ObamaCare, My Mom Can't Get Her Cancer Drug
We can, and must, do better: Stephen Blackwood
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2014 11:40 AM CST
Updated Feb 24, 2014 11:49 AM CST
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(Newser) – Stephen Blackwood offers a wrenching indictment of ObamaCare in the Wall Street Journal: His mother, diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2005, "wouldn't still be here" without a shot she gets twice a month of Sandostatin, a drug that slows the disease. But in November, her health plan was one of many canceled because it was "considered illegal under the new health law." And after "dozens of hours" spent talking to other insurers, she finally bought the only plan that seemed like it might cover Sandostatin—incredibly, the Humana enrollment agent couldn't tell her for sure whether it would, and said the only way to find out was to enroll. This month she learned that the company wouldn't actually cover the drug, which had cost $14,000 since Jan. 1, or her other cancer-related drugs.

"This is a woman who had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren't happy with that because ... they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition," Blackwood writes. "So they gave her a new one. It doesn't cover her condition and it's completely unaffordable." Now his mother is appealing Humana's decision, but if it stands, the reality of the situation may speed her toward her death. "There is something deeply and incontestably perverse about a law that so distorts and undermines the free activity of individuals that they can no longer buy and sell the goods and services that keep them alive." Click for Blackwood's full column.

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Jay Samanowitz
Mar 1, 2014 11:23 PM CST
here's another one,my plan healthfirst medicare,won't pay for hydroxyzine,which is generic for ATARAX/VISTARIL , an antihistamine/tranquilizer which has been around since about 1954 or so,and a months supply cost the plan under $20,but they will pay about $700 for a months supply no questions asked.healthfirst uses CVS/CAREMARK to administer their plan.
Tengu ?? Slayer of Vanity
Feb 27, 2014 1:19 AM CST
Everyone knows that Obamacare is only for government-mandated sex changes.
Imhotep
Feb 26, 2014 11:22 AM CST
It's not socialized medicine. It never was. It's just another Insurance Company that's even worse then the ones that existed. Problem is it's run by gangsters that force you to use their protection and no one elses. Obama is a tool of high finance and always has been. The perfect tool I might add. They thought so years ago when they financed his political career. And the American public bought it hook line and sinker.