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posted: 12/12/2013 4:40 AM

Second-class citizen under Obamacare

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I read the Dec. 2 front page story "Health website on the mend." Who cares about the website? The product is garbage.

I am 62 years old, and self-insured, who had an affordable policy that fits my needs. I have had my doctor for 28 years, whom I obviously like -- so much, I recommend him often. On Oct. 1, my BCBS health insurance policy was canceled. Not wanting to risk the insecurity of the website, I called several companies to see what was available to me in replacing my policy. The best I could find is more than double my current premium, I cannot keep my doctor nor can I go to any hospital in my area.

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Ironically, I read the above mentioned column while I was in a hospital waiting for my husband who was having lab work. He is over 65 and on Medicare. He has two serious conditions, but has received fantastic care from two specialists at two outstanding hospitals. Since Oct. 1, I cannot go to either of these hospitals, I cannot go to his doctors. If I by chance I am in an accident, and taken to the nearest hospital, I would then be liable for the entire cost. Before Oct. 1, I could go anywhere; after Oct. 1, nowhere.

I have become a second-class citizen. The only reason this has happened to me is Obamacare, passed by my government. They did this to me. And after next year's election, if you are under 65, whether you are self insured or covered by a small company, they will do it to you too. Not so good ... period.

Helen Fioresi

Lake in the Hills

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