Good morning readers,
I've written unendingly about the inefficiencies of Obamacare. And we've all read nightmare stories about the impact this has had on people who've needed care and had the system fail them. To now, for most of us, the Obamacare fiasco has just been an ugly abstract thing. That changed for me, and I hope for you, as of yesterday.
One of our blog "regulars" emailed me yesterday. He's a recently retired Boeing engineer up in Washington state. He's one of the good guys, hard working with a deep love for his family. Sadly, I learned that his wife has cancer. She's been undergoing weekly chemotherapy, taking a drug called Velcade which seems to be effective in beating back the cancer.
Two weeks ago Greg took his wife in for chemotherapy only to be told by the hospital that they could no longer treat his wife. Seems the Washington state health exchange doesn't have him in their system, even as they have been accepting his health premium payments for several months.
That weekly Velcade chemo treatment costs more than $5,000 dollars a pop. Obviously, Greg can't afford that. Few could. So his wife is at home and quickly fading. Greg has been spending every waking moment writing and calling anyone that might help. He's bugged the Washington health exchange enough to have earned two "reconciliation tickets" but the bureaucracy is grinding exceedingly slow at a time when immediacy is critical if his wife is to survive.
As I understand it, the problem seems to have developed as Greg transitioned from his employer paid health program to the state exchange. And ironically, the Washington healthcare exchange seems to have evolved into their own particular "death panel" as no human being in that system seems willing to intervene, recognize that Greg signed up and is actively paying his health care premiums, yet his wife is being denied that critical chemotherapy that will save her life.
Folks, we all know that we are too small and powerless to do anything to fix this tragedy. Perhaps we CAN do something come next November. But for now, you might send prayers or positive vibes Greg's way.
Greg reads this blog every day so if you choose to make comments, please be kind. Let's all hope and pray for the best.