Amanda Pratt is a 28-year-old survivor. She’s undergone five surgeries to remove a massive tumor in her brain and now she’s fighting a new battle: the battle to afford life-saving care under ObamaCare.
Prior to ObamaCare, Amanda paid far less for her treatment. MRIs cost her $800 out of
pocket, and her copays to see a doctor were limited to $30. Now, not only are her copays doubled, she’ll be paying $1,400 more out of pocket for her annual MRI, and 150 percent more for her medication.
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For a young professional who is struggling to find full-time work, these costs are simply unaffordable.
On a phone interview last week, Amanda shared about how she’s concerned her upcoming surgeries will be handled by her new insurance company. There is so much fine print and since her costs have already skyrocketed, she’s afraid of what’s next.
Her last hospital stay, prior to ObamaCare, resulted in a nearly $1 million dollar bill, which was covered by the insurer after she paid her $5,000 deductible. She’s now afraid of how the insurance company would help her to manage her costs, considering ACA has made it more difficult for insurers to show flexibility to consumers when needed.
As we’ve seen in recent stories, bad policy can have a devastating effect on real people. It’s not only to blame for Hospice centers shutting down, but now it’s raising the costs of vital testing and treatment for people like Amanda, as well as limiting care for children suffering with cancer.
Americans were promised compassion and care under the Orwellian-named “Affordable Care Act,” but now millions like Amanda are experiencing anything but that. It leads me to ask the question: Is government compassionate? Share your thoughts below.
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