Why do we need health care reform?
Robin Beaton found out last June she had an aggressive form of breast cancer and needed surgery — immediately.
Her insurance carrier precertified her for a double mastectomy and hospital stay. But three days before the operation, the insurance company called and told her they had red-flagged her chart and she would not be able to have her surgery.
The reason? In May 2008, Beaton had visited a dermatologist for acne. A word written on her chart was interpreted to mean precancerous, so the insurance company decided to launch an investigation into her medical history.
Even after the dermatologist talked with the insurance company, telling them ‘This is a misunderstanding. This is not precancerous. All she has is acne.”and begging them not to cancel her, they still rescinded her coverage.
What kind of country allows this to go on day after day after day. I won’t ask why Charles Manson has a dental plan while 45 millions American’s can’t even afford to go to the doctor, that would be ignored like it always is. So I am phrasing it in a monetary way since money seems to be the only thing some people understand.
Why do criminals have better health coverage than the people who actually pay for coverage?
Why do the people who can make a difference think that this couldn’t be their daughter’s story? Is it because they’ve got more money than most small countries so it doesn’t matter if their insurance covers them or not?
It must be.
Until something like this happens to the wife, daughter, grandson or someone in the immediate family of those who can actually change this arcane system we call ‘health care’, these kinds of stories will grow.
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