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John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Wed Nov 6 11:34:54 MST 2013

File: CA Had 'Explicit Deal' With Private Insurers to Cancel Plans

FOX NEWS INSIDER - In an op-ed for the Wall 
Street Journal, a Stage 4 cancer patient shared 
her story about losing the health plan that 
helped her survive through a seven-year struggle against gallbladder cancer.

Edie Sundby, one of the estimated 900,000 
Californians who will see their plans canceled 
under new ObamaCare regulations, wrote that she 
"is one of the losers" in the Affordable Care Act.

My choice is to get coverage through the 
government health exchange and lose access to my 
cancer doctors, or pay much more for insurance 
outside the exchange (the quotes average 40% to 
50% more) for the privilege of starting over with 
an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.

Countless hours searching for non-exchange plans 
have uncovered nothing that compares well with my 
existing coverage. But the greatest source of 
frustration is Covered California, the state's 
Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchange 
and, by some reports, one of the best such 
exchanges in the country. After four weeks of 
researching plans on the website, talking 
directly to government exchange counselors, 
insurance companies and medical providers, my 
insurance broker and I are as confused as ever. 
Time is running out and we still don't have a clue how to best proceed.

Her impactful story prompted a quick response 
from the White House, which directed people to an 
article on the left-leaning website Think 
Progress, entitled "The Real Reason That The 
Cancer Patient Writing In Today’s Wall Street Journal Lost Her Insurance."

In the article, Igor Volsky wrote that "Sundby 
shouldn’t blame reform ­ United Healthcare 
dropped her coverage because they’ve struggled to 
compete in California’s individual health care 
market for years and didn’t want to pay for sicker patients like Sundby."

United Healthcare had already expressed concerns 
that the initial enrollees into ObamaCare would 
overwhelmingly consist of sick people, with not 
enough young, healthy people signing up.

On The Kelly File Tuesday night, Trace Gallagher 
reported that in California, insurance carriers 
had to agree to cancel policies that did not 
qualify under ObamaCare regulations in order to 
be eligible to participate in the state exchange, 
Covered California, and receive the federal subsidies.

"Unbelievable. That is an explicit deal to break 
the president's promise [about Americans keeping 
their health plans]. It's not even arguably accidental," Kelly responded.
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