Woman with Obamacare policy borrows $14,000 to pay for cataract surgery

http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_27481258/obamacare-medi-cal-waiting-game-many-low-income

Obamacare: Medi-Cal a waiting game for many low-income Californians

February 7, 2015

Julie Moreno felt lucky to be among more than 2.7 million previously uninsured Californians to be added to Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for the poor.

Until she needed cataract surgery.

For three months after her November 2013 diagnosis, the 49-year-old Mountain View resident said, she tried to get an appointment, but each time she called, no slots were available. Desperate and worried, she finally borrowed $14,000 from her boyfriend’s mother to have the procedure done elsewhere last February.

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February 8, 2015. Tags: , , , . Health care, Politics.

11 Comments

  1. hmichaelh replied:

    An interesting example of the “Free Market” successfully at work. Apparently a doctor who has completed college, worked hard and applies himself to his studies in Medical School will not provide his expertise to those who can only pay him a substandard fee dictated by OhbongoCare. If you tell them you have OhbongoCare as your insurer when trying to make an appointment, they have no appointments available. But if you have cash in hand to pay a deserved fee for the skill and art necessary to perform this surgery, then you get an appointment. I hope all doctors will soon follow this approach to accepting as patients only those who can pay for their services. It makes having OhbongoCare as your insurer worthless, even though you pay huge sums for monthly premiums, and even more as your deductible.

    If you think OhbongoCare is cheap, factor in these three elements…1) will a doctor treat you?, 2) what is your deductible, and 3) what are your monthly premiums? I think you will find in almost all cases, OhbongoCare is terrible Health Insurance.

  2. Constitution Believer replied:

    I was under the impression that Obummercare was to be affordable. Oh, wait that only counts if you are making the premiums.
    I was also under the impression that Obummbercare would cover things that it didn’t before. Oh, wait that only counts if you are working, have a savings account that is accessable with you social security.
    People no matter how you slice the political and healthcare pie you still come with the short stick, but don’t tell the politicians that they will find a way to take even that.
    WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SOCIAL COMMUNISUM.
    And you know who we blame? Not the politician but ourselves for not checking them out. for listening to the bullshit they spit out, for listening to the lies, hell Obama is a prime example for that.

    • EDell replied:

      Social communism? Get real. Obamacare isn’t that much different than the old HMO system. It may apply somewhat broader coverage in its different plans, but essentially OC was designed for insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure they didn’t get screwed much out of their profits while offering token concern for the health of the public at large. It is, after all, based on an old 1993 Republican plan proposal, so complain to Republicans if you don’t like OC. And if you’re so concerned about health care for yourself and everybody else at affordable costs, then you’d be all for what Obama really wanted to adopt, which is the Canadian style universal single payer system. It’s no mess, no fuss, no stupid forms to spend hours, if not days, figuring out and filling out, and health care that everybody gets from cradle to grave, no questions asked other than “Your Medicare card please?,” all at a GDP cost that’s 40% of what it costs the US, which explains why Canadians are also generally healthier than Americans and live longer by 3 years, too. You don’t have a social communism health care system, you still have a capitalist style one, one that still leaves at least 30 million people out in the uninsured cold.

  3. poetopoet replied:

    The blatant failure of the Mass Media to report Obama’s betrayal at a National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday 2/5/2015, when a U. S. President Obama told the audience that atrocities in the name of religion were done not just by Islam/Muslims, but by Christians also, is shameful and a crime. Because, Obama’s only reference and proof was the Christian Crusades of a thousand years ago! Obama’s excuse and reason suggests that the current and past human carnage by Islam/Muslims is Islamic State tit for tat, fundamentally. Which actually initiated the Crusades then as today is no accuse for retaliation against the Islamic State according to Obama. Though even now other Muslims and nations themselves are against the Terrorists Islamic State that Obama refuses to pronounce and tag as Muslim Terrorists, when Obama states:

    “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

    Obama’s Islamic/Muslim Caliphate call to action: “We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends,” Obama’s criminal and indefensible retaliatory statements against America and Christians as a Muslim himself, when he states “those would distort our religion”, not Christianity but Islam/Muslim, on topic Obama states and admits he is a Muslim by stating “our religion”, gets a pass, why?

    Obama’s objective and objectionable statements were nothing more and nothing less than treason, sedition and anti-American Muslim Caliphates by Obama; who hijacked a nation through a feigned religious claims and his false identity. Obama by aiding and abetting a sworn enemy of America and the free world! Obama in his own words “our religion” admits he if a Muslim! Obama’s claim is certainly not true of America’s religious foundation of Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion, not the Islam/Muslim demand to convert or die.

    This Grand Impostor Obama, as a Muslim extremist sleeper foreign agent terrorizing America and the free world, once known as Barry Soetoro from Indonesia can now be shot on sight, some say, pray tells.

    • EDell replied:

      What’s all that got to do with Obamacare? Oh. Nothing. Nice. Is staying on topic that difficult to do? There’s always Ritalin to help you focus.

      • hmichaelh replied:

        I’m sure you have read my past exchanges with this guy who thinks he’s a poet. I’ve stopped addressing his idiocy. Any exchange with him is similar to the cliche about putting lipstick on a pig. It annoys the pig, Even if you are successful, the pig is still ugly. He proves you can agree with a person on their political beliefs, but find them to be absolute morons.

        But you are absolutely correct on your comment here.

      • poetopoet replied:

        hmichaelh, you demonic fucking bitch, you cannot stay away from me (“this guy who thinks he’s a poet.”) again you fucking idiot troll (“I’ve stopped addressing his idiocy.”) no you have not stopped haunting me and spewing your verbiage of shit, attracting other dirt-bag flies on the wall. You fucking bitch are a habitual trouble maker and a bad instigator and stalker.

        Talk about using cliches (“Any exchange with him is similar to the cliche about putting lipstick on a pig. It annoys the pig,”) cut and paste mirrors cannot lie (“Even if you are successful, the pig is still ugly.”) your non-stop diatribe continued (“He proves you can agree with a person on their political beliefs, but find them to be absolute morons.”) you, you fucking bitch are PROOF that moronic idiots are just functioning moronic idiots that’s all, one Little Piggy at a time.

      • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

        It’s OK. He had made a similar comment a few days earlier in a different blog post, and I didn’t respond to it (although I have since done so) and he just wanted to make sure I didn’t miss it.

      • poetopoet replied:

        You right are there. Obama is or should be the number 1 topic.

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      Obama doesn’t seem to know what century we are living in.

  4. poetopoet replied:

    The country or religion he belongs in or to, either.

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