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February 24, 2014

Ralston College President Stephen Blackwood's Mom Looses Cancer Treatment Medication Because of #Obamacare

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It seems that not a day goes by without hearing about yet another Obamacare-related nightmare, and today we can add this one to the long and growing list.

Mr. Blackwood's mom, Catherine Blackwood, used to have a policy that covered the drug that kept her alive. Now, because of Obamacare, the plan that she had carried for nearly 20 years and that was keeping her alive is canceled ... and she's on her own.

As Stephen Blackwood wrote in an op-ed yesterday at the WSJ: "ObamaCare and My Mother's Cancer Medicine":

When my mother was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer in 2005, when she was 49, it came as a lightning shock. Her mother, at 76, had yet to go gray, and her mother's mother, at 95, was still playing bingo in her nursing home. My mother had always been, despite her diminutive frame, a titanic and irrepressible force of vitality and love. She had given birth to me and my nine younger siblings, and juggled kids, home and my father's medical practice with humor and grace for three decades. She swam three times a week in the early mornings, ate healthily and never smoked.

And now, cancer? Anyone who's been there knows that a cancer diagnosis is terrifying. A lot goes through your mind and heart: the deep pang of possible loss (what would my father and all of us do without her?), and the anguish and anger at what feels like injustice (after decades of mothering and managing dad's practice, she was just then going back to school).

We, as a family, were scared and angry, but from the beginning we knew we would do all we could to fight this disease. We became involved with fundraising for research, through the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation in Boston; we blogged; we did triathlons (my mother's idea) and cherished our time together as never before.

Carcinoid, a form of neuroendocrine cancer, is a terminal disease but generally responds well to treatment by Sandostatin, a drug that slows tumor growth and reduces (but does not eliminate) the symptoms of fatigue, nausea and gastrointestinal dysfunction. My mother received a painful shot twice a month and often couldn't sit comfortably for days afterward.

As with most cancers, one thing led to another. There have been several more surgeries, metastases, bone deterioration, a terrible bout of thyroiditis (an inflammation of the thyroid gland), and much more. But my mother has kept fighting, determined to make the most of life, no matter what it brings. She has an indomitable will and is by far the toughest person I've ever met. But she wouldn't still be here without that semimonthly Sandostatin shot that slows the onslaught of her disease.

And then in November, along with millions of other Americans, she lost her health insurance. She'd had a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan for nearly 20 years. It was expensive, but given that it covered her very expensive treatment, it was a terrific plan. It gave her access to any specialist or surgeon, and to the Sandostatin and other medications that were keeping her alive.

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Stephen Blackwood's closing paragraph says it all: "The 'Affordable' Care Act is a brutal, Procrustean disaster. In principle, it violates the irreducible particularity of human life, and in practice it will cause many individuals to suffer and die. We can do better, and we must."

Meanwhile, it's not just cancer patients that have much to worry about from Obamacare. Dr. Daniel Kantor, who treats multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and those suffering from other neurological disorders, has told Fox News senior reporter Jim Angle that patients with serious pre-existing conditions like MS and lupus could be facing crippling drug costs under Obamacare due to something known as a "closed drug formulary."

So no matter how you cut it, Obamacare is a disaster now and is going to be even more of one as time goes on, leaving us with the big question of when, if ever, are our politicians in Washington going to finally get together and stop/repeal/fix-whatever this damn plague of a healthcare problem that Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats have unleashed upon America!

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Posted by Hyscience at February 24, 2014 8:05 AM

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