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View Diary: I Just Paid for Dick Cheney’s New Heart, Now Who Will Pay for My Daughter’s? (107 comments)

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  •  Not that it matters (14+ / 0-)

    But this diary has officially gone viral. Its one of the top posts on Reddit right now and I'm getting it sent to me but several non kossacks. I am so sorry for you situation. My family went through a similar situation but had great insurance. 7 mil in medical bills only cost us 16k in the end. Who gets saved and who gets screwed in our system is a complete crap shoot.

    "Buying Horizon Milk to support organic farming is like purchasing an English muffin in an effort to prop up the British economy." -Windowdog

    by Windowdog on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 10:51:53 AM PDT

    •  A few things: (6+ / 0-)

      1) I sincerely appreciate the good wishes from all you nice folks.  It matters.
      2) I am not at all convinced I can get May back onto the CHIPS program, although I see your point that I should try.  She was accepted on CHIPS because all private companies denied her; so she was deemed uninsurable.  Right now due to ACA she is not uninsurable, so we have a recourse and theoretically could be denied CHIPS coverage.  If the ACA is overturned she becomes uninsurable again, at which point we'd be forced back to CHIPS.  While we did leave CHIPS by choice, it is probably safe to assume we would have been asked to leave the program sooner or later due to ACA, since it forced private coverage to be available.
      3) I went on over to to find out that roughly 75% of the comments on my article were devoted to Dick Cheney, and 25% were devoted to calling me an idiot and a scumbag mother.  Nice.  Way to miss two points, Reddit readers.
      4) The point of my post was that my husband and I were trying to relieve the taxpayer burden and take responsibility for our own.  It backfired.  And now the possibility that the ACA will be thrown out as bad legislation creates an ironic twist for those grousing about socialized medicine.  The Cheney tie-in was opportunistic:  his heart vs May's heart, his ability to get affordable care vs hers.  I admit the comparison was self-serving because clearly, I think my daughter has more to offer the world than he does and so deserves at least the same health care opportunities, if not better.  Call me biased; I'll freely plead guilty.

      •  Wasn't trying to tell you to do anything. (1+ / 0-)
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        I wasn't implying you should get back into CHIP. I was just comiserating and feel that its ridiculous that the quality of healthcare a child receives is dependant on where their parents work. You did the "right thing" accordi.g to policy makers and bought into the system the only way you could. Its ridiculous that you're still being financially ruined by illness as a result.

        I didnt actually read the Reddit comments, sorry if they were upsetting.

        "Buying Horizon Milk to support organic farming is like purchasing an English muffin in an effort to prop up the British economy." -Windowdog

        by Windowdog on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 02:50:49 PM PDT

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      •  Have the SCHIPS forms (2+ / 0-)
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        filled out just in case.

        Also, she might be covered until the end of the plan year by contractual language independent of the PPACA.

        Read your health insurance contract/plan benefits book carefully to be sure.

        There might be language such as say $100,000 maximum and such additional amount(s) as provided by state and federal law.

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