Last night we sat and watched 60 Minutes. We saw they would be talking about Obamacare and since that is one of Dr. Wagner’s favorite topics, we couldn’t wait to see what they had to say. 60 Minutes Obamacare we just knew it would be good. Of course, we were expecting it to be a story on how it works and what people need to do. Consequently it wasn’t that. It was about author, Stephen Brills book regarding Obamacare. He felt that the costs were not being contained and incidentally the public is the one paying for it.
The segment where they followed this husband and wife was very interesting. He had been diagnosed with Cancer, lived in Ohio and had Medicaid. So he went to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas and they said we don’t take that policy here. He had to come out of pocket some $40,000 plus dollars. He didn’t have it. So they went to his mother-in-law, who paid the money. He had to pay this before anything would be done. Then there was another $30,000 plus that had to be paid. So that was paid. When they asked him at the end if he was cancer free, he said Yes. Look at this though: He stayed in the hospital 6 days and that bill was about $10,746 dollars, there was $15,000 in blood tests and it just kept on getting unbelievable. Watch this: After it was all said and done, he still had a bill for $84,000.
Can we ask you, what is a person supposed to do with that kind of bill hanging over their head? You know that is not going to be the end of it. As a cancer survivor, we are sure he will have regular doctors visits and tests that he must have to ensure it didn’t come back. What is that going to cost him? What if his mother-in-law didn’t have the money, what would they have done?
Remember that Movie John Q with Denzel Washington. Remember he had health insurance and his son needed a heart transplant. They said, oh no your policy doesn’t cover that. There are people living the John Q life – every SINGLE Day!! Yes, they have health insurance, yet somehow they are not getting the much needed treatment nor medication that they need.
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