My friend Liz was an intense supporter of the ACA. There was a good reason. She had her health insurance canceled back in 2005 when she was stricken with a nasty cancer. Chemotherapy nearly bankrupted her. But she survived. She became a cancer survivor and started a national support group for patients like herself, a group counting a membership of over 5000. She was very well informed and attended medical conferences to keep up with the latest advances.
However, she still had no medical insurance. So a few weeks ago she signed up on-line for the ACA and she was waiting for her insurance card. She wasn’t feeling well. Fully aware of the costs, she did not want to see a specialist in NY City until her insurance card was in hand. However, on Monday she went to an emergency room because of shortness of breath. A few hours later she was dead!
Its not clear what happened. BUT it is very clear that
- Health insurance is not a “joke” – in fact, lacking health insurance dissuades us from consulting a physician when we know that we should. Lacking insurance really costs lives.
- Treatment for cancer and other disorders can be extremely expensive and often leads to personal bankruptcy, specially when you are uninsured.
Many people were touched by Liz and I know they are mourning. I know she would want us all to fight for the ACA (Obamacare) in her name. RIP Liz.