Some stories hit you hard because you were in that exact situation at some point.
“In 2003, William Koehler of Pittsburgh, Pa. lost his job as an electronics technician. He lost his health insurance, too, but he’d been lucky enough to have the defibrillator battery in his heart changed just the previous year. No insurer would cover him except for one company which refused to cover anything related to his arrhythmia, says his sister.
He survived as long as his battery did, dying on March 7, 2009 at 57. His sister, Georgeanne Koehler, has become an activist, telling the story about how her brother died to anyone who will listen. On Thursday, she traveled to Washington, D.C. from Pittsburgh to join a protest outside a conference for America’s Health Insurance Plans, a lobbying group for the insurance industry.”
My ICD battery ran out after three years even though it was suppose to last five years. I found out the battery in my ICD came from a “bad batch”. I have no insurance but I have a doctor who is human and an awesome wife who pushed to get me a replacement ICD because they do not just replace the battery. The doctors donated their time, the medical device company donated the device, my wife even got the hospital to write off their costs. The whole procedure with the device costed about $40,000 and I use it as an example of how the us uninsured people cost everyone. I was lucky and this poor man was not and it just makes me feel so sorry for him and his family.
I am in pure outrage over some of the comments from so called “progressives” on HuffPo who have no sympathy because he and his family were lifelong Republic until they voted for President Obama last year. I am convinced some “progressives” are part of the problem these days and this is one example.
I can’t stop shaking thinking this could have been me.
Now all I can think about is will real healthcare reform come about before my ICD battery runs out again.