Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Stage-4 cancer patient has her insurance canceled in order to make way for Obamacare

Edie Littlefield Sundby from California, is battling stage-4 gallbladder cancer. Sundby has since written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal saying that Obamacare could end up killing her - as her affordable medical insurance is due to be canceled on New Year\'s Eve.

Edie Littlefield Sundby from California, is battling stage-4 gallbladder cancer. She is seen here with her husband Dale.

Edie Littlefield Sundby from California, is battling stage-4 gallbladder cancer. She is seen here with her husband Dale.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/5/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: UnitedHealthCare, cancer, California, Obamacare, cost


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out," Sundby writes.

Facing a life-or-death dilemma, her policy ends on Dec. 31. Lundby gets coverage through the state government health exchange. She will lose access to her cancer doctors, or go broke paying up to 50 percent more outside the exchange.

Lundby's provider, UnitedHealthcare announced in May that it will not participate in California's insurance exchange, a spokesman for that state's Department of Insurance said.

A mere two percent of the state's individual market, UnitedHealthcare has only about 8,000 customers in California. This makes it tough to compete with Kaiser Permanente and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, which share 87 percent of the market.

Spokeswoman for UnitedHealthcare Cheryl Randolph says the company is taking a "wait-and-see" attitude about the California insurance exchange.

"Because of UnitedHealthcare of California's historically small presence in the individual market and the fact that individual consumers in the state are well served with many competitive product offerings, we will focus on our employer group insurance and Medicare business in California for 2014," Randolph said.

The company's decision leaves customers like the 62-year-old Sundby in the lurch.

"For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death," Sundby wrote. "Take away people's ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that's a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that's the point."

Lundby adds that UnitedHealthcare has paid $1.2 million to keep her alive since March 2007.

Her medical plan has "never once questioned any treatment or procedure recommended by my medical team" - made up of doctors at Stanford University, the University of California, San Diego; Moores Cancer Center in San Diego and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

"What happened to the President's promise, 'You can keep your health plan?' Or to the promise that 'You can keep your doctor?'" Sundby wrote. "Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician."

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Living Faith

Oldest copy of Old Testament recognized as world treasure Watch

Image of The oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew Bible has been officially recognized.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The oldest surviving copy of the Old Testament was officially recognized as a world treasure by the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Aleppo Codex is the oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew ... continue reading


More than a thousand 'super confessors' released by Pope Francis to tackle 'reserved sins' Watch

Image of One of the Pope's

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Those who commit "reserved sins," transgressions that are deemed especially egregious by the Catholic Church, will have another chance this Jubilee Year. Those who have committed such sins previously only pardonable by the Pope may now seek out the 1,142 ... continue reading


'What could happen if every church would rise up in prayer': Christians join before U.S. Supreme Court to call for prayer Watch

Image of Texas Loves Life stands to protect the unborn (bound4life).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Christians stand together outside the U.S. Supreme Court to call other believers to pray the pro-life law passes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While the Supreme Court considers a Texas pro-life law, Texas Loves Life calls for Christians to pray for the fates of ... continue reading


If 'Jubilee doesn't arrive to the pockets, it's not a true Jubilee,' Pope Francis says Watch

Image of In his continued catechesis on mercy as seen in Scripture, the Pope noted how the Jubilee year is an

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

For Pope Francis, mercy is not just spiritual, but is something that ought to be expressed in concrete acts of service and in sharing one's goods with the poor, which was a key tradition during Jubilee years throughout Scripture. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - ... continue reading


'You can't have Jesus': NASA accused of censoring use of Christ's name Watch

Image of NASA announces the use of Jesus' name in e-communications is a violation of the First Amendment (SacredHeart).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Members of the Praise and Worship Club, composed of NASA employees, were shocked to receive a notice from NASA ordering they cease to include Jesus' name in their religious e-mails. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The use of Jesus' name came up in May 2015, when ... continue reading


MAKE YOURSELF COUNT! Complete this quick Ash Wednesday survey

Image of Take the Ash Wednesday survey so we can better serve your needs.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online is conducting a global survey on Ash Wednesday practices. Each reader is asked to participate once. The survey will take less than a minute to complete. The results of the survey will help Catholic Online determine how best to serve your needs in the ... continue reading


Santa Muerte gains popularity throughout Mexico - Will Pope Francis react during his visit? Watch

Image of Santa Muerte's popularity has spread throughout South America (Pinterest).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Despite the Catholic Church openly saying Santa Muerte is not recognized as a saint, the death saint continues to spread in popularity among Mexican citizens. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Santa Muerte is an absurdity," Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Mexico's ... continue reading


Bible-themed luxury resort to be built in San Diego? Watch

Image of Televangelist seeks to build Bible-themed resort (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Televangelist Morris Cerullo has been attempting to build a Bible-themed luxury resort for the past few years - and now there is only one more hurdle to jump. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After purchasing a foreclosed Mission Valley hotel, Cerullo's plans for ... continue reading


What the Catholic Church should do about this new serious problem among the young Watch

Image of Deacon Flanigan confirmed that the recent surge in overdoses among young whites have been linked to controversial medical guidelines that called for a more aggressive approach to treating both acute and chronic pain.

By Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register

When recent headlines marked a spike in drug overdoses for white, middle-class Americans, the news saddened but did not surprise Deacon Timothy Flanigan, an HIV specialist at Brown University medical school in Providence, R.I. Providence, R.I. (National ... continue reading


Pope Francis gives priests advice on being good confessors Watch

Image of

By CNA/EWTN News

Priests who are good confessors must recognize their own sins in order to forgive and comfort penitents, Pope Francis said one day before the start of the Lenten season. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "I speak to you as a brother, and through you I would like to ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Is Valentine's Day...? (Take the quick survey!)
  • St. Buonfiglio Monaldo: Saint of the Day for Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Daily Readings for Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Saturday, February 13th, 2016 HD Video
  • The Way of the Cross continues on
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Daily Reading for Friday, February 12th, 2016 HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9
1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:14-15
14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 12th, 2016 Image

St. Buonfiglio Monaldo
February 12: He was one of seven Florentines who had joined ... Read More