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    Did anyone else think it odd that Emilie had health insurance for $57/month? It was a "bare bones" policy subsidized by the state and employers. Her problem is that she had to get rid of her "socialist health insurance," and replace it with a policy from a private, for-profit company. Of course, if her state government had expanded Medicaid, she'd probably be doing much better. BTW, $25,000 wouldn't even cover the cost of an appendectomy, never mind a year's worth of treatment for lupus.

    All About the Woman Whose Life Was Ruined by Obamacare and Had No Choice but to Appear in a TV Ad



    By David Weigel
    Salon.com
    January 31, 2014

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/20...no_choice.html


    Earlier today I congratulated the well-funded educators at Americans for Prosperity for an ad campaign that attacked the Affordable Care Act by telling the sad story of a woman who'd lost her coverage. But I forgot about the backstory. "Emilie," the lupus sufferer featured in the ad, is a Tennesseean named Emilie Lamb. Eleven days before the ad started running, Lamb was name-checked by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, as a victim of the Affordable Care Act's lie-filled blundering. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qfkb...lbtQ9w&index=2

    Blackburn invited Lamb to the State of the Union, sharing her story with any reporter who felt like listening.

    Since 2006 Emilie received health insurance through CoverTN, which provided her with the affordable care she required for the numerous Emergency Room visits and surgeries she has had to endure to treat her chronic illness. Left without any other choice, Emilie signed up for Obamacare and as a result her monthly insurance premiums increased by 700 percent.

    Lamb didn't have private insurance per se. She was on a Tennessee-sponsored health care program that covered 16,000 people, canceled last year because it "had a $25,000 annual limit on benefits" and "the federal health law does not allow yearly expenditure caps." The state applied for a waiver, and didn't get it, but nor did it consider accepting the expansion of Medicaid. (Since 2011, the state's been run completely by Republicans.)

    It's a somewhat complicated story. Less complicated is the story Brian Beutler highlights here, focusing on the week's other famous Obamacare victim: "Bette," the screwed-over Washingtonian cited in the Republican response to the State of the Union.

    The reason she didn’t visit the Washington state health exchange was basically #OBUMMER. “I wouldn’t go on that Obama website at all,” she said. This didn’t start with her cancellation. This started years ago. Republicans told Bette, and others inclined to distrust Obamacare, that they’d face death panels and rationing boards. That their options would be unaffordable, and irredeemable. That the exchange sites would make their personal information vulnerable to hackers and that creepy Uncle Sam would sexually violate them. They said all this in the hope that people like Bette wouldn’t give the law a fair shake, then turned around and feigned outrage on their behalf when the plan worked.


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    Assessing the Cost of Lupus

    If you have lupus, you don’t need a study to tell you that the disease is expensive. Even with the best health insurance, you’re likely spending thousands of dollars out of pocket each year for doctor visits, medications, and other health-related costs. And that doesn’t even count the cost to your work and income. A study at the ACR meeting describing data from 4 published analyses of costs in newly diagnosed or newly active patients with lupus found that the average cost per patient ranged from $13,735 to $27,531 a year compared to $7,794 to $9,788 in people without lupus. In patients with lupus nephritis, the costs were significantly higher, ranging from $29,034 to $62,651.xii

    Most important, however, was that the researchers found little data on variations in costs based on disease severity, disease manifestations, and treatments. This is information that will become more important as the new biologic drugs enter the treatment arsenal. Although these drugs are more expensive than older therapies, if they can improve disease severity and reduce hospitalization and other direct medical costs, their overall costs may actually be lower than treatment with traditional therapies.....

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    The Limitations of Lupus

    I've said it numerous times, lupus impacts on all areas of life. A friend asked me recently if I could live in another country. The country we were discussing was India, but it could be anywhere.

    What I realised was: I can't live anywhere else. It's not because I'm completely in love with Australia, although I do think this is a good place to live, and it would be hard to go anywhere my children weren't (even though they are adults now.)

    I can't live in another country because of lupus. Without the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme the cost of lupus medicines would be astronomical.
    In Australia, I have health insurance. I've had it since I first started working - so for many, many years before I was diagnosed with lupus.

    If I moved to another country, the chances of getting health insurance, when I'm already diagnosed, would probably not be good.

    Then there is the cost of doctors. Here, I am on a pension concession card. The government heavily subsidises the cost of my doctors - and some doctors charge only the government rebate.

    The biggest expense of all is medication. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme subsidises prescription medications for Australians in Australia. With my concession card, every medication I take which is on the PBS schedule is only $5.80 for a month's supply. That does add up with the number of different drugs I take - but is nothing like what I would be paying if the government didn't subsidise it.

    And of course, as an Australian living in Australia, since my health means I can't work full time, my income is supplemented with a part disability support pension. That's income I wouldn't have overseas.

    So for me to live in another country, I would have to have a very good job, working full time, to be able to pay for my doctors and drugs. And I'd have to somehow become well enough to be able to work full time. Either that, or I'd need to find a very rich husband (and I haven't had any offers so far.)

    It's all immaterial. I wasn't actually planning on living anywhere else anyway.

    It's just another lifestyle limitation. My younger sister has travelled to places I'll never see, and lived in a couple of other countries. She's spent more time away from Australia than she has here. For me to see the world - I meet people from other countries on social media - seeing the world through their eyes is the closest I will ever come.
    Posted by Iris Carden at 12:00

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