Recently, the Colorado Conservative Examiner (CCE) interviewed a fully disabled chronic pain patient who is also a Medicare recipient. The results of the interview, conducted on Aug. 25, 2013, does not mimic the narrative about Obamacare that is coming from the White House. The CCE was also provided with a copy of a letter that documents what was revealed in the interview.
Many Americans remember two promises made by President Obama during the push to pass the Affordable Care Act. The first promise, that Americans can keep their current health care plan, if they so choose, was proven untrue last week. It was revealed by NJ.com that the most affordable healthcare plan in New Jersey will no longer be available to any state resident that wants it. In fact, as of Oct. 1, 2013, New Jersey resident can only buy plans that are pricey, pricier...and pricier than their current plan.
It is safe to assume that the rest of the nation will follow New Jersey and eliminate the most affordable health care plans available.
The second promise, that Americans can all keep their current physician, again, if they choose to, was apparently also a perversion of the truth. During the Aug. 25, 2013 interview, the CCE was handed a letter from a primary care physician and the information it contains is shocking to some, expected by others and detrimental to the patient we sat down with;
To our dearest patients:
You may have recently received a letter from Humana regarding the need for you to find a new physician effective Oct. 1, 2013. This is not a decision I made, but this is due to Humana restructuring their health provision services.
We are still under contract with Humana, but not their Medicare HMO plans as they have decided to decrease the number of providers they contract with on these HMO plans.
Open enrollment is coming up soon, normally around October to December, so we advise you make a decision regarding your health care needs within this time period.
After reading the letter, the CCE asked the patient several questions;
CCE: What does this mean for you?
Patient: It means that I either have to find a new physician or find a new insurance provider in the next few months.
CCE: And why is this is a problem?
Patient: I have been with my current primary care provider for over ten years. She understands my health issues, specifically those causing extremely severe chronic phantom nerve pain, and it terrifies me to think about finding another physician.
CCE: Why not just find another insurance?
Patient: Because last year I had to fight Humana with a 26-page appeal letter, after spending thousands of dollars out of pocket, because they suddenly refused to pay for a medication that is absolutely essential to my quality of life. It was also a medicine that cannot be stopped suddenly. Even though Humana stopped paying for the drug out of nowhere...I had to pay for it out of pocket. Nothing like this happened to me in the previous 19-years. Then came the Affordable Care Act.
CCE: What are you going to do?
Patient: Well, I want people to know...that is why I came to you. I will have to make a decision about which is more detrimental, losing my health insurance after all the work I put into that relationship, or losing my doctor and landing in the care of a primary care physician with little-to-no understanding of chronic phantom nerve pain. I spent nearly 20-years fighting to get where I am today...to a level where the pain is barely tolerable...but its better than the alternative of substandard treatment and torment every minute of every day. Obama destroyed all my hard work with one act.
It appears that Americans do not get to keep their current insurance or physician, regardless of Obama’s promises, and the Affordable Health Care Act is not even fully implemented. The man interviewed by the CCE is one of the worst pain patients that most physicians will ever come across. He has never abused narcotics, and though he currently takes a narcotic to manage the pain...the medication has been successful. In the last eight years he has actually reduced his dosage by 50%...on his own;
CCE: If you have shown a successful track record of managing your extremely severe chronic nerve pain, including showing no propensity for addiction and taking the initiative to reduce your intake of pain killers on your own, what do you have to fear from a change in primary care or a change in health insurance?
Patient: Because I will be starting from scratch. Most doctors don’t have a clue when faced with a patient suffering from chronic pain. In my case, I am typically the most complicated and most severe case of chronic pain that a physician will come across. It took me almost 20-years to get to a point where my treatment affords me enough quality of life so that I can work, and I'm just now making that transition into the workforce. I fear for the patients that this is happening to who don’t have the fight in them that I do.
Not all of America has the fight that a disabled Medicare recipient must display because of Obamacare. According to the Washington Times in 2010;
The new health care law exempts the president from having to participate in it. Leadership and committee staffers in the House and Senate who wrote the bill are exempted as well. A weasel-worded definition of “staff” includes only the members’ personal staff in the new system; the committee staff that drafted the legislation opted themselves out. Because they were more familiar with the contents of the law than anyone in the country, it says a lot that they carved out their own special loophole.
Three-years later the news about Obamacare, news that does not come directly from the Obama Administration that is, is bleak at best. According to FoxNews.com on Aug. 23, 2013;
Delta Air Lines has issued an urgent warning about the impact of ObamaCare, claiming the law's implementation will contribute to a roughly $100 million increase in health care costs next year alone.
A $100 million increase in health care costs in 2014 is nothing to take lightly. It seems that the Affordable Health Care Act is just not that affordable, especially for those in lower income ranges who need cheap options and our most needy Americans who are disabled and on Medicare.