HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » North Carolina rejected M...

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:00 PM

North Carolina rejected Medicaid expansion. Its uninsured residents now stare down a pandemic.

Every six months Penny Wingard's doctor in Charlotte, North Carolina, checks her white blood cell count even though she can't afford the tests. After a brutal round of chemotherapy for stage 2 breast cancer in 2014 left her with chemical burns, Wingard has a compromised immune system and no health insurance.

When she lost that coverage, more medical issues followed: She had a brain aneurysm and then the chemo caused Wingard, 56, to go temporarily blind before she underwent cornea surgery. Her medical debt through all this has ballooned to more than $25,000 an amount she has no hope of ever paying off as a part-time Lyft driver.

"You didn't ask for any of this, and you didn't ask to get sick," Wingard said, as her voice broke and she began to cry. "You know, it's not something that you went out there and said, 'Oh, OK,' you know. You didn't ask for any of it. And it is a burden. It really is a burden."

With required doctor visits and medicine, her bills are still adding up and the debt collectors' calls haven't stopped. The drugs she needs also make her more susceptible to the common cold, the flu and now the coronavirus.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/this-state-rejected-medicaid-expansion-its-uninsured-residents-now-stare-down-a-pandemic/ar-BB11JEPc?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=hplocalnews

2 replies, 438 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply North Carolina rejected Medicaid expansion. Its uninsured residents now stare down a pandemic. (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Mar 26 OP
Turbineguy Mar 26 #1
jimfields33 Mar 26 #2

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:10 PM

1. That's why we elect republicans.

it's a death wish.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:24 PM

2. That was phase 2

Nobody will pay for coronavirus treatment.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread