CHICAGO - The "Affordable" Care Act is back in the news this week, as one of Illinois' top health care insurers - Aetna - announced they would be dropping out of the exchange. Today's New York Times features a story about what is really happening nationwide with Obamacare - how high deductibles are causing people to deny themselves crucial care a result.
Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.
But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.
“To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. “I don’t have that money.”