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Real People Denied Real Healthcare: Nathan Wilkes

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Nathan is a little boy with hemophilia, and is about one month away from the lifetime cap ($1 million) of his insurance coverage.

His dad makes too much money to be eligible for Medicaid, but not enough to have any hope of paying for Nathan’s medication.

Divorce has been suggested, for if the dad leaves Nathan and his mother, they would be impoverished sufficiently to keep Nathan alive via Medicaid.

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No insurance company will insure Nathan’s family. There are no options for them other than a single-payer plan, or—at the very least—a strong public insurance option.

Or maybe divorce.

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  1. Thanks very much, Monte. has reported yet another cynical “public plan” alternative being pushed by Republicans and their chums, the lobbyists for the insurance industry.

    The new ploy is to dilute the national public plan by establishing weak regional cooperatives that would offer no threat to the predatory pricing and behavior of the insurance giants. (Haven’t we seen enough of the rich being allowed to capriciously devastate the lives of common folks through their gaming and gambling?)

    The Senate is considering this issue in committees now. I encourage all of your readers to aggressively lobby their Senators by calling and emailing on a regular basis. There is no effort large enough to guarantee that we will not be duped once again as we were with the Medicare Part D plan that the insurance companies were allowed to write. Senator Grassley, who is active in the crafting of this health care bill as well, will once again allow industry to create their own agenda.

    Thanks for listening.

    JR Fikuart

    June 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

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