This is why the recently passed Health Care Reform is so badly needed:
FORT WORTH ― Houston Tracy is just 10 days old, but the little boy has already lived through trying times.
“He was born with what’s called transposition of the great arteries.” his father, Doug Tracy said. “It’s heart wrenching; I hated it.”
The congenital heart defect causes the two major vessels that carry blood away from the heart to become switched.
It’s a condition rarely detected before birth.
[…] The baby was rushed to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth where he had life-saving surgery.
“He’s doing really good,” his mother said with a smile, “he’s a little tough guy.”
While baby Houston is fighting for recovery, his parents found themselves in another battle: Fighting the insurance company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.
The Tracy’s are both small business owners and do not carry health insurance for themselves. They do carry insurance on their two other children and tried to get insurance for Houston, but they found out Wednesday his coverage was denied.
“They kept saying it’s preexisting, it’s preexisting, but I don’t know how it can be preexisting on a baby that was just born.” his father said. “If it’s mandated that everyone have health insurance, than how can one be denied?”
The Republicans ranted and raved about how “Obamacare” would put a bureaucrat between you and your doctor all the while omitting the fact that there’s already one there if you have private insurance. The one in place now has a bottom line he’s looking at in determining whether you or your loved ones will get the care they need. Even worse is the fact that his bonus is based partly on how much he can reduce or eliminate costly payouts.
Chances are he doesn’t care that your newborn son is only 10 days old and will die without the needed surgery. He doesn’t care that covering the cost out of your own pocket will bankrupt you. Even if he does care, the pressure to keep the money flowing only one way is enormous.
This kind of bullshit is why health care reform was long overdue and badly needed. Remember that not a single Republican voted for it even after it was modified to make them happy by eliminating stuff they didn’t like (public option, Medicaid buy-in) and to include several Republican proposals and amendments. They’re not on your side either.