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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 04:41 AM

Ann Romney Wouldn't Find Free-Market Health Care Without Mitt Romney's Millions

Ann Romney Wouldn't Find Free-Market Health Care Without Mitt Romney's Millions
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/06/ann-romney-health-care-mitt-romney_n_1339967.html

If Ann Romney weren't wealthy, she might have even more in common with Kelly Gaeckle.

Both women suffer from multiple sclerosis, a chronic neurological disorder that impairs motor function, cognitive abilities and vision and can cause uncontrollable muscle spasms, fatigue and dizziness. Patients eventually can lose the ability to walk.

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"Ann Romney would literally be unable to get health insurance in most states in America and if she could get it, she'd pay an unbelievable price," said Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And it probably wouldn't cover treatments for M.S. and cancer, he said. Gruber helped develop both the Massachusetts health reform law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006 and the national law enacted by President Barack Obama two years ago.

Kelly Gaeckle, a 35-year-old stay-at-home mother and a part-time fitness instructor who lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., is lucky enough to have a high-cost insurance plan, but it doesn't cover many of the medications she needs. She and her husband, who runs his own business, struggle to pay the $1,500 monthly premium on their plan, which covers the couple and their four kids. They put just about enough money into a health savings account every year to cover the plan's high $6,500 deductible, but the funds run out quickly. After they meet the deductible and their out-of-pocket expenses hit $6,000, the insurance pays practically the full cost of their medical treatments -- but only those that are actually covered. The couple worries that its insurer will raise rates to something completely out of reach, a perfectly legal move under California law.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 04:48 AM

1. This is why we need

single-payer health care, not GingrichCare.

"Any proposal that sticks with our current dependence on for-profit private insurers ... will not be sustainable. And the new law will not get us to universal coverage ...." -- T.R. Reid, The Healing of America

"Despite the present hyperbole by its supporters, this latest effort will end up as just another failed reform effort littering the landscape of the last century." --John Geyman, M.D., Hijacked! The Road to Single Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Health Care Reform


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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:35 AM

2. I really wish someone would call her out at one of

the town halls. She is either cruel, selfish, or completely out of touch. Probably all three...

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