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Sun Apr 8, 2012, 09:25 PM

MOTHER IS GRATEFUL FOR "OBAMACARE"; Says would have been dropped from insurance w/o it!

My 14 Year Old Son Has Brain Cancer -- Without Obamacare, We May Have Been Dropped By Our Insurance Company



Mason is my 14-year-old son, who is adorable and funny, and happens to have a very stubborn and large brain tumor. We discovered the tumor four years ago, and we have been monitoring and treating it with the help of some of the finest doctors around. Mason has lived a somewhat “normal” life, despite frequent MRIs and even chemotherapy. He did his homework and hung out with friends until the fall of 2010 when his headaches became debilitating. Scans revealed that Mason’s tumor had grown for the first time since we had discovered it. Then days before we were scheduled to meet with the neurosurgeon to discuss a surgery we had tried to avoid, Mason had a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

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My boy spent 65 days in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at one of Northern California’s best hospitals; during that time he underwent two brain surgeries, along with operations to insert a tracheostomy and a feeding tube. We stayed with him 24 hours a day, my husband, Alan, and I, his grandparents, and his 16-year-old brother, watching his oxygen levels on a screen, tracking his heart rate in beats per minute. The doctors kept him sedated, but every morning they turned down the propofol (Michael Jackson’s drug of choice) when the neurosurgeons came to do their examination. Three to five doctors circled Mason’s bed, one of them yelled his name into his ear. When he didn’t wake up right away, they apologetically pinched him and yelled louder.

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http://www.alternet.org/story/154861/my_14_year_old_son_has_brain_cancer_--_without_obamacare,_we_may_have_been_dropped_by_our_insurance_company?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternettop_stories


This is what we are fighting for. No AMERICAN, should ever have to worry about being able to get treated or receive treatment for their loved ones and losing insurance coverage, let alone insignificant things like oh, I don't know? HOUSES, FOOD, the basics of life. THIS IS THE KIND OF STORY THAT NEEDS TO GET OUT IN THE MAINSTREAM!

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Reply MOTHER IS GRATEFUL FOR "OBAMACARE"; Says would have been dropped from insurance w/o it! (Original post)
Ecumenist Apr 2012 OP
provis99 Apr 2012 #1
Nye Bevan Apr 2012 #2
Ecumenist Apr 2012 #3
provis99 Apr 2012 #4
dflprincess Apr 2012 #5

Response to Ecumenist (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 09:47 PM

1. huh? Obamacare isn't in operation yet.

 

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Response to provis99 (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 09:49 PM

2. Read the article. The provision in Obamacare banning lifetime limits has already been enacted.

Without Obamacare this kid would have reached his lifetime limit.

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Response to provis99 (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 09:50 PM

3. Apparently, some provision that allows for not being dropped for reaching your "catastrophic illness

cap" and being able to get new coverage without have "preexisting conditions" either being excluded or causing one to be declined have already started up.

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Response to Ecumenist (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:00 PM

4. well, that's good.

 

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Response to Ecumenist (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 10:33 PM

5. "No AMERICAN, should ever have to worry about being able to get treated"

Unfortunately, nothing in the Insurance Profit Protection Act guarantees that a person will be able to get care. As more and more Americans get saddled with high deductible, "consumer driven" policies they are finding that, despite paying premiums they still can't afford to see a doctor because the out of pocket costs are too high.

The U.S. remains a country that allows it's citizens go bankrupt because of medical bills (despite having "coverage") and where thousands die each year because they could not access care in a time to save their lives.

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