Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer still assures her constituents that they can keep their existing health plans, despite new testimony from a California cancer patient losing her health insurance under Obamacare.
“Everyone now is clamoring about Affordable Care Act winners and losers. I am one of the losers. My grievance is not political,” California resident Edie Littlefield Sundby wrote in a heartrending Sunday night op-ed for The Wall Street Journal that quickly went viral on the Internet.
“For almost seven years I have fought and survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer, with a five-year survival rate of less than 2% after diagnosis. I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31,” Sundby wrote.
“My choice is to get coverage through the government health exchange and lose access to my cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 50% more) for the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits,” Sundby wrote.
Sundby’s Democratic senator Barbara Boxer assures her constituents that they will not lose their existing health plans under Obamacare.
“If you like the health insurance you have, you can keep it,” Boxer tells her constituents under the tenth question on her official Senate website’s “Health Care Reform Frequently Asked Questions” page.
Boxer’s response is to the frequently asked question “I already have insurance. How will I be affected by health care reform?”
Boxer’s claim is still published on her website.
“Countless hours searching for non-exchange plans have uncovered nothing that compares well with my existing coverage. But the greatest source of frustration is Covered California, the state’s Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchange and, by some reports, one of the best such exchanges in the country. After four weeks of researching plans on the website, talking directly to government exchange counselors, insurance companies and medical providers, my insurance broker and I are as confused as ever. Time is running out and we still don’t have a clue how to best proceed,” Sundby wrote for the Wall Street Journal.