Even more heartbreaking, today Bob Herbert writes about a mother battling her health insurance provider while her daughter battled cancer.
One night, after coming home from school, Brittney suddenly found that she couldnâ€™t walk. The cancer had attacked her spinal cord. As the doctors geared up to treat this new disaster, Ms. Hightower received word that her insurance policy had maxed out. The company would not pay for any further treatment.
Ms. Hightower was aghast: â€œI said, â€˜What do you mean? It was supposed to be a $3 million policy.â€™ â€
She hadnâ€™t understood that there was an annual limit of $75,000 on benefits. â€œIt was just devastating when they told me that,â€ she said. …
…Sandra Hightower became almost frantic with the combined tasks of caring for her daughter and trying to figure out how to pay for the increasingly expensive treatments.
â€œHer back surgery, with the reconstruction and all that, was over three hundred and some thousand dollars,â€ she said. â€œI had to start doing fund-raisers, bake sales. And the community kicked in, my community here in Nacogdoches. Definitely the high school. And people donated to a benefit fund at the bank.â€
After several months, Brittney was declared eligible for federal disability benefits, which enabled her to qualify for Medicaid. â€œBut we still owed for everything before that,â€ said Ms. Hightower.
Brittney fought like crazy to survive, her mother said. But in the end, she didnâ€™t make it. She died, at age 16, on June 5.
â€œI see her everywhere,â€ said Ms. Hightower, who still owes thousands of dollars in medical bills. â€œWhen I go to the grocery store, I see her favorite food. I go shopping, and I see the perfect little outfit that she would love.
â€œIâ€™m so lost right now. And I feel like I failed my baby because I couldnâ€™t bring in all the help she needed.â€
I’m sure the wingnuts can dismiss Ms. Hightower by saying she should have chosen a job with better benefits.
Update: Satire? Pathology? You be the judge. A blogger writes,
What would life in the United States be like under a President who is obsesssed with personal power, does not respect the rule of law and has no tolerance for criticism?
Who has to wonder? But here’s the punch line — the blogger was writing about Hillary Clinton. Sort of snarks itself, huh?