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Post Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:50 pm

My kind of sibling story (lets talk about obamacare!)

OBAMACARE KILLED MY SISTER
by Doug Graham

This Wednesday, my little sister, Julie, will be buried. She died because she delayed seeking health care for what turned out to be a catastrophic condition after her private health insurance policy was cancelled because of Obamacare. As she waited for a new Obamacare-approved policy to kick in, her condition deteriorated to the point that it was too late.

Julie, her husband, and four children were covered by a medical plan they liked, and had been promised they could keep by President Obama. But like so many others in this country, her family’s private health care policy was cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act. So my sister and her family struggled through the expensive and incompetently designed Obamacare website to find a new policy. Unfortunately, while they waited for their new Obama-approved healthcare plan to finally kick in, my little sister fell ill. She couldn’t keep down solid food. She should have gone to a doctor. But she toughed it out, as many people do, until her new coverage would kick in on February 2. She and her husband didn’t have a lot of money, so she didn’t want to incur what she thought were avoidable medical expenses.

But she didn’t make it. It turns out that, unbeknownst to her, she wasn’t suffering from an upset stomach or food poisoning, but a badly blocked gall bladder that had become highly infected. Her body went into septic shock just two days before her Obamacare policy would have kicked in. Her kidneys shut down. She went to the emergency room where, after heroic efforts, a marvelous medical team managed to stabilize her condition. I saw Julie that day for several hours. She could not move, or speak, but a tear trickled down her check when she saw the eldest daughter of her four children. After I left, hoping for the best, I learned the next day that her gentle heart stopped beating around 4:00 a.m.

So, while the White House sends out talking points to the talking heads who proclaim Americans will be better off because Obamacare forced them off of inadequate health care plans, my family knows better.

There are plenty of arguments against Obamacare. Sure, it was drafted behind back doors and passed in a crude, and utterly partisan, fashion. Yes, Nancy Pelosi famously said we had to pass it to see what was in it. And the bill was applied in a crony capitalist fashion, with corporate allies of the President receiving waivers. Then we had the series of backtracking and outright falsehoods—like the infamous “you can keep your plan if you like it” claim uttered by President Obama and repeated by his political and media allies.

Obamacare has also inflicted job losses, higher cost plans, and a shift from full-time to part time employment. Even when factoring in all this the economic damage and the harm it has done to working Americans, the most disturbing aspect of Obamacare is that this real world hardship is inflicted because it treats living breathing people as actuarial statistics in the service of giant insurance pools, rather than as the individuals they are. It is highly ironic that this Administration that talks so much about protecting “choice” in so many areas of American life, yet is harshly shutting down individual choice and initiative in such a personal matter of personal healthcare.

The public debate about Obamacare will continue for a long time. But for my family, the debate ended with the death of my sister. For us, it’s not about “policy,” anymore. It’s about the tragic consequences that can happen when the government decides to cancel the private economic decisions of individuals in favor of a huge policy experiment created in the back rooms of Washington by out-of-touch bureaucrats, statisticians and lobbyists. As far as we are concerned, Obamacare killed my little sister and left a good man a widower, and four children without their mother.

-- Doug Graham, lives in Maryland and works in equipment development for the U.S. Military
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It was posted in the single digits of February. Not sure when it was written.
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Post Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:36 am

Re: My kind of sibling story (lets talk about obamacare!)

so um, your kind of sibling story is one of sadness and death?

i prefer the funny ones myself.
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Post Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:32 pm

Re: My kind of sibling story (lets talk about obamacare!)

So this isn't a story of yr sister ? Next time you post something that says Obama care killed my sister make sure it's clearly not talking about you ... Papers in the new can often be miniplulated and only half the story or biases toward one view or anther or compleatly made up ... As far as I know ( because I've been in hospitals all throught my life .... ( I even had a blockage in my gaul blatter that caused an infection and I'm sure if she went in to the hospital they wouldn't have with held treatment from her (pretty sure it's illegal ) and if she went into the er with that sort of pain that I. Experienced from having the same thing they would have imitted her ASAP because there's no way they could have let her home with that or go long with her like that (waiting for months). Because for me it was the most horrible debilitating pain ever !! And had a relivivly easy fix for ... I could be wrong but the Obama care killed my sister thing sounds too much of a pipe dream for Obama haters ... There had to be other reasons too ...

Also on topic obamas medical changes he has made during his presidency has saved me ... He made a policy allowing people with preexisting conditions stay on there parent health insurance longer before my this my dad's health insurance could have said no to my dad adding me on his insurance when I turned 24 ... Which has really saved my ass because since I was 18 I've had liver issues and haven't been able to to to college and get a career so I can get my own health insurance ... I had my first liver transplant when I was 22 and I just had one (like two weeks ago and I'm still in the hospital) and I'm 24 now without obamas policy's I would have never had my second transplant and would have ended up dieting unless I could have come up with 500,000 + thousand dollars my insurance has all ready paid for my stay and surgery + the $10,000 in pills a month it will cost them to keep me on the meds I need just to live ... Now my dad's health insurance had increased around 300 -400 dollars a month but it's better than the out come that would have happened without obamas's policies ....

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