flowing stream of consciousness, or doing the emotional laundry

501a46bfb1af49d21f000be0ccd636f2….it’s important to think about are any changes you are planning to make to your figure before then.

 

So what is that about?  A dress fitting.  Alteration, truthfully.  I have never been able to truly buy dresses, especially formal wear, off the rack.  Something is either too long, needs to be taken in, let out, hemmed…something.

I do not do as many formal dress bearing occasions as I used to, but there are some occasionally.  And I need a dress altered.

The seamstress and I were e-mailing back and forth because I had dropped her a note to ask how jammed her schedule was for an alteration.

 

I got back the schedule and her normal list of what she needs when you come in – underwear, shoes, spanx, bras and so on.  And then the phrase about body changes.  Now granted those are mostly for her Bridezillas so she doesn’t get tortured last minute.  But for me as a lopsided breast cancer survivor who fights with self-body image daily some weeks (still), oh the emotions.

 

It’s not so simple emotionally.  I look in the mirror and I see a lopsided middle aged woman.  It’s pretty rare I feel pretty.  Most days I am content when I just am comfortable.  So playing dress up really takes some doing. And beauty, yes beauty is extremely fleeting when you are looking at a lopsided self yet you know reconstruction and plastic surgery would not have been for you.

 

Actually if I am honest with myself, since breast cancer lots of things take some doing a good bit of the time.

 

It’s not something a lot of us like to talk about, even me.  When you were told by some at your diagnosis it was a new reality in retrospect I have to laugh, because oh man, they did not even give you the tip of that iceberg.

 

The dreams.  Not very often, but once in a while a cancer recurrence dream slips in.  I wake up in a cold sweat realizing I am still OK.

 

The simmering ever so slightly verve of feeling blue.  You can’t put your finger on it. You aren’t upset about anything, yet there is this tiny hum of feeling blue.  It comes and it goes. A thank you Tamoxifen.

 

HOT FLASHES FROM HELL.  And dry skin.  Am I woman or alligator now in the winter?

 

Tired.  I never used to be tired.  Sometimes I just am. I think it goes with the sleepus interruptus and hot flashes.

 

Joint pain.  Oh thanks Tamoxifen, where would I be without it? Again, not a constant but when it visits, it hurts.  Everything feels like it aches. I know how people with Lyme disease feel.

 

And the one I hate pretty much most of all. The days and even weeks where I feel absolutely unable to concentrate on anything or am just forgetful.  Yes, it is like chasing your own head.  Today is one of those days.  And today I am so frustrated I could cry. But I won’t.  I will suck it up and move forward.

 

I guess the point of this rambling stream of consciousness is there is no one size fits all band-aid.  And today is just one of those days I have to remind myself of that.  These are the days, right or wrong, I need a little reassurance but my pride has a hard time dealing with that.

 

Life is a journey.  But I do think once you have had breast cancer sometimes you just feel things in more vivid technicolor than the next person.

 

I am fine.  Seriously I am.  But I needed to let what I was feeling out.  I needed to try to write it down to help me sort my emotional laundry.

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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rise up

pizap-com14835612155761It started with a message from a friend:

** Please Consider Calling / E-mailing for Obamacare**
Paul Ryan’s office is conducting a phone poll, hoping to hear overwhelming opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Here’s how you can participate:

Call (202) 225-0600

Press 2 to weigh in on the issue. You’ll hear a recording about the bill to repeal it, then Press 1 to support continuing the Affordable Healthcare Act.

You will also have an opportunity to leave speaker Ryan a voice mail where you can explain how repealing the ACA will effect your life. NOTE: I’ve heard some people say they were able to leave a message while others are saying his mailbox is full. So, this option may be a hit or miss.

This literally takes 5 minutes! If this is important to you, please make a quick call. I made my call and wrote my letter to my representative. Use your voice!

 

I called.  How could I not? If they repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act or even just most of it, I know damn well I will probably lose my insurance.

I live in Pennsylvania, the land of sucky insurance choices to begin with.

Let’s recap how I came to Healthcare.gov:

Quite a few years ago now I went to work for an exceedingly cheap son of a bitch.  Scrooge had nothing on him, incidentally.  Dude (as we all remember) from when I started this blog was too cheap to offer benefits or access to benefits.  Only took care of himself. He also did not offer proper vacation time or sick time, which is why I worked all the way through breast cancer treatment except for the actual surgery day.

As a self-pay person prior to the onset of the Affordable Care Act all I could get was Aetna.  Aetna was tolerable UNTIL the Affordable Care Act.  Then it got worse. I won’t relive everything I have written in previous posts but as open enrollment arrived this past fall like millions of others in PA who were self-pay and NOT on the Exchange discovered Aetna was basically dumping us too.  In the summer of 2016 they had dumped all folks in PA who had them on the Affordable Healthcare “Exchange”.

So it took forever and I was left with no choice as a self-employed person but to sign up via the Affordable Care Act and get on the Exchange.   I signed up for Independence Blue Cross because well that was what was available to me.  It took weeks to get it settled because although I paid my binding premium through Healhtcare.gov they did not credit it right to the insurance company.  Between Christmas and the New Year I was fraught with additional healthcare anxiety.

It is 2017 and my healthcare is set for the year. What happens if Paul Ryan and the collective idiocy known as the new US Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act?

MASS CHAOS.

That is not hype, that is not drama, it is the simple truth (you know that thing most politicians wouldn’t recognize if it bit them on the ass?)

They do not have a plan to replace it and well they do not have to worry, Uncle Sam and the US Taxpayers pay for their Cushy Cadillac benefits.  So they can’t get any of this if they tried.

I am a breast cancer survivor so I know I have paid enough dealing with healthcare benefits. We need less chaos, not more.

I took the time to call Speaker of the House Paul Ryan because I am not naive – I know what will happen if this act is repealed.  Insurance Companies will throw a giant party and screw us.

I sound like a broken record but while Obamacare is far from ideal in a lot of ways, we have been forced to deal with it and get used to it.  Repealing it puts all of us in jeopardy because once again it is a giant bunch of politicians  fighting with each other and things like Obamacare and ethics safeguards are convenient weapons to pummel each other with. But when it comes to healthcare it will be chaos because of one thing they have never addressed: reforming the health insurance companies themselves and allowing for more choice in most states.

Please make the call and take the time to contact your own representatives.

We can’t afford to be sacrificial healthcare lambs while politicians cock fight on the hill in Washington DC.  Our lives are literally at stake.

Rise Up.

 

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trying to respect the pink sisterhood

light_pink_rose_by_thecr8tive1-d4xcyrbThe past few days I have been experiencing something new: a fellow breast cancer survivor who has no respect for the pink sisterhood.

The proverbial thin pink line of the pink sisterhood is sort of that unwritten rule where you don’t attempt to inflict anything bad on a fellow breast cancer survivor.

So I have run into this woman.  Younger than I am. Also a survivor.

Without boring you with all the gory details, the Cliff Notes version is this woman lives somewhere in my community and disagreed with me on some things.

She could have approached everything differently than she did.  The end result is she has created this weird war that she is the general of, that she is the primary player of. She is not doing anything overtly although most actions are fairly obvious as to intent, but there is a whole lot of passive aggressiveness going around.

It’s kind of crazy and she is creating this unpleasant atmosphere.  She is also bizarrely competitive.  She is the kind of person who loves to be like “Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee”. There is so much horn tooting going on, her hand must be tired.  Working, raising a family, and so on is not so unusual provided we are healthy enough to do it right? It’s not new ground being broken, it’s LIFE. Hell, it’s what we all do if healthy enough to do so, right?

Not everyone is the same. I am fine with that.  But to target another breast cancer survivor so she can play a game of whomever gets all the toys wins that I am not playing is weird.

You have to feel almost sorry for people who do things like this at the same time you find their behavior morally reprehensible.

I am trying to keep my side of the street clean and respect the pink sisterhood, even if clearly she does not.

She is the person you pray for to find inner peace.  I hope she gets what she needs out of this, poor thing.  It’s a whole mean girl thing going on.

Truly sad.

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targeting target for breast cancer profiteering

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Dear Target,

I hate Pinktober. It is a vomitorious b*llshit pink month for a lot of us who have had breast cancer, or are currently undergoing treatment, or live with the metastatic form of the disease.

Take your shirt for example? Stupid and somewhat offensive to me.

I have breasts. Lost a good chunk of one to BREAST cancer. They aren’t tater tots and tatas? Really? Goes with having to tee tee?

I did not have TaTa disorder. I had breast cancer. My life was saved. But I gave up having evenly shaped breasts in return.

I had seven weeks of radiation and am in year five of ten years of Tamoxifen.  Tamoxifen with side effect like spirit crushing joint pain and horrible hot flashes some days and sleep deprivation.

 I am grateful to be alive, but please, do something positive like help us lobby for health insurance reforms.

Breast cancer survivors and patients don’t need ridiculous pink T-shirts to wear in October that clash with fall colors and pumpkins, we need access to good health care.  We need health care that doesn’t dictate what our treatment should be at the expense of our health, mental well-being (stress), and even our lives. (HINT: THINK AETNA.)

Just look at your T-Shirt on your site Target – it’s ALL about your profit, you are not even pretending to “donate” to a charity.  And your model? Oh yeah sure (wink wink) she soooo looks like a survivor…a survivor of My Super Sweet 16 maybe…

This is only about you making a buck off of US.  You suck, frankly.

love,

A Survivor

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Folks out there: this is ONLY about Target making a buck during Pinktober. It is time to BOYCOTT TARGET.

If you are on Twitter, please tweet @TARGET and tell them to pound sand with this shirt. You can tell them in Instagram too – same handle “Target” – Tell them on Facebook.

Here are some survivors and those living with the disease telling Target how they feel:

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Also try this for contacting Target:

Target Corporation
John Hulbert, Investors, 612-761-6627
or
Erin Conroy, Financial Media, 612-761-5928
or
Target Media Hotline, 612-696-3400

investorrelations@target.com

brian.cornell@target.com

john.mulligan@target.com

jeff.jones@target.com

janna.potts@target.com

ceo contacts

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aetna is totally screwing individual subscribers and breast cancer survivors/patients

willowwomansat-358-450-500-90-cI wrote recently about groundhog day with Aetna . Sadly, the truth is that Aetna doesn’t want individual subscribers in Pennsylvania any longer. They say they value their subscribers, but really, they don’t. They are over us.

(Bastards.)

Being an individual subscriber off the “exchange” (as in you did NOT buy your health insurance from Healthcare.Gov) doesn’t give you a leg up with Aetna.

This summer we learned Aetna was pulling most of its Obamacare plans including in Pennsylvania , the state I live in. But I thought I would be o.k. because they said they were still offering coverage to individual subscribers.

For the last three years as an individual subscriber, Aetna has canceled whatever plan I was on.  So today I was talking with my neighbor Deb who has the same plan I do, and she said she took Aetna’s letter to subscribers as they were cancelling all individual subscribers.  I said “no way!”

But it got me worried, so I sent Aetna an e-mail:

I contacted you via Twitter because for the third year in a row I got a letter saying my plan was being canceled at year-end. I am not and never have been on the exchange.

I am in the Aetna Leap specialty I think that’s how you call it this year. I have always been an individual subscriber.

I have been an individual subscriber with you for years pre-dating the affordable care act.

You will find this email address attached to my official  Aetna account.

I am a breast cancer survivor so my benefits are very important to me and I need continuity of care so I have to be able to have plans that have my doctors, or at least provide access to them. I have had no problem with the Leap specialty or whatever you call it I’m on this year other than  the upfront co-pays are significantly more expensive for me because my doctors are in your top tier.

I thought I would be able to keep this plan a couple of years and you seriously ramp up subscriber stress levels with the continual canceling of plans like we are experiencing health insurance Groundhog Day.

I am extra concerned at this point because my neighbor up the street is on the same plan I am. She did not buy through the exchange either, she is an individual subscriber. The way she read your letter is that you are dumping all of us as individuals subscribers and we are not going to be able to have Aetna plans at all ever again.

So is Aetna getting rid of individual subscribers ?

Is this what I am up against?

I have had a very uneasy past few weeks since your letter came out.  My level of anxiety was not helped by the fact that when I called the phone number you listed for us to call for help choosing a new plan and all I got was a recording and no way to talk to anyone.

I don’t want to be on the exchange with Obamacare I don’t trust their website.

But I don’t know that I can have health insurance through you because people seem to be interpreting your letter as you are dumping all of us individual subscribers.

I hate to have to bother you guys every year with this stuff, I’d like to be truly self-sufficient, but I need to know what it is I am supposed to do.

Will I have plans available through your company that will be good enough to give me the coverage I need? Or are you dumping ALL of  your individual subscribers?

I cc’d the President Karen Lynch LynchKS@aetna.com
So a nice lady (no sarcasm, really, really nice) named Stephanie from Member Services called.   Yes they would offer ONE plan for where I live.  Something like “Aetna Leap Silver”.

Guess what? Only ONE of the doctors I have to see about twice a year are covered.  The others are all “out of network”!

(Bastards.)

I said I am not some 24 year old— I can’t just up and switch my care team. I am a breast cancer survivor and technically a cancer patient in treatment for at least the next five years.

The response was I could fill out Transition of Care forms and maybe the doctors might be considered.

Translation: not bloody likely if we are being real about it.

(Bastards.)

Stephanie tells me how Aetna values ALL of their subscribers and I retorted how is that possible if you are dumping us?

“No we’re not.” she says

Yes you are I replied if you won’t structure plans that enable cancer patients (for example) to see their care teams.

We have other doctors you can choose from, was the response.  I am paraphrasing because I don’t remember precisely as my head was spinning.

WTF Aetna? WTF?

(Bastards.)

Now I have to try to find other coverage, because I need to have these doctors.

Aetna is not having enough screws put to them in Washington DC obviously since they are screwing me over, a breast cancer survivor and patient. And they are doing it during freaking Pinktober.

Way to care about breast cancer survivors, Aetna. Way to care about the self-employed or folks that need to self-insure because employers do not offer healthcare coverage.

(Bastards.)

#AetnaSUCKS, pass it on.

I chose the image above which is a work of art actually because Aetna has made me feel like a nameless, faceless, unimportant person with no real value.

Aetna’s slogan should be “Aetna. We are cheap uncaring bastards who will take your money, give you a hard time, and then dump you when we feel like it. ”

(Bastards.)

PS Someone again please tell me how well Obamacare is working. 

PPS  I am now going to check political candidates and see who has received donations from Aetna. I won’t be voting for them.

 

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no pinktober here

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groundhog day with aetna

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I saw the envelope in my mailbox from Aetna today.  And I knew, I just knew based on the kind of envelope it was what the contents were.

Yup.

You got it. Groundhog day health insurer style.

At the end of this year Aetna is discontinuing my current individual subscriber plan.  I have Aetna Leap Specialty. Or I think that is the name. I am not on the “exchange”, I am an INDIVIDUAL Atena subscriber who pre-dates the Affordable Care Act.

Aetna quit the healthcare exchange this summer in several states, including the one I live in, Pennsylvania.  The pointed to “financial stress” Bloomberg News on August 15, 2016 quoted the CEO as saying :

“The vast majority of payers have experienced continued financial stress within their individual public exchange business,” Aetna Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said in the statement. “Providing affordable, high-quality health care options to consumers is not possible without a balanced risk pool.”

Can we go back to my original thought about how the health insurance industry cannot be reformed if you don’t start with the actual companies?  If the health insurance companies aren’t forced to change and the pharmaceutical companies aren’t forced to change, crap is just going to keep happening. Because why? They don’t care about their customers and their subscribers, they only care about their profit margins. Without actual reform, this stuff will just keep happening.

Look at Mylan which as a drug company I think sucks anyway.  The Wall Street Journal just broke more news on the upcharging epi pen sellers:

Mylan’s EpiPen Pretax Profits 60% Higher Than Number Told to CongressCompany applied 37.5% tax rate onto the profits it revealed to a House committee hearing last week

Updated Sept. 26, 2016 3:01 p.m. ET

When Mylan NV’s chief executive testified before a congressional committee last week about steep price increases on its lifesaving EpiPen drug, House members badgered her to provide more evidence for the company’s claim that its profit was $100 for a two-pack of the injectors, despite a $608 list price.

The committee members left unsatisfied. Now it appears they were right to seek clarity.

In response to questions from The Wall Street Journal, Mylan now says the $100 figure presented by CEO Heather Bresch included something the company didn’t clearly convey to Congress—taxes. The company substantially reduced its calculation of EpiPen profit by applying the statutory U.S. tax rate of 37.5%.

Without the tax-related reduction, Mylan’s profit on the EpiPen two-pack would be closer to $160, or 60% higher than the figure the company gave Congress. The company sells about 4.1 million EpiPen two-packs in the U.S., analysts said.

 

So back to Aetna….and I do hope they have to appear on a Capitol Hill Hot Seat like Mylan soon. (but I digress).

Ever since the Affordable Care Act came to be, Aetna pretty much monkeys with my coverage annually. You know, like Groundhog Day.

For the past three years in particular, Aetna has informed me some time from August through I guess October that they are discontinuing whatever  health insurance plan I have with them as an individual subscriber NOT on the Exchange.

That letter arrived again today. It also had a handy non-discrimination notice in the envelope and translation to Sudanese and other languages. They want to make sure all their subscribers know they are screwed whether they are on the Exchange or not.

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They provided me with a toll free number to call. I called. I got a recording after losing three minutes of my life from an Aetna “partner” (code word for more outsourcing) saying I could talk to them on October 15th.

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So now I get to add to my annual stress levels when it comes to health insurance.

So now this will be added to the Aetna headache posts like:

update on healthcare drama, or can you hear me screaming

It is indeed health insurance Groundhog Day.  Oh gee golly whillikers I can hardly wait! I have already lost a few hours today but come October I get to do it again.  And as a breast cancer survivor who needs continuity of care, I end up spending hours on the the phone making sure I get adequate coverage.

It’s not so easy and I have to check and make sure every single doctor I see within the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System is on the plans I look at.  I have a cancer team. I am not some 25 year old whose greatest worry is the annual OB/GYN exam and can I get birth control covered. I am a 52 year old breast cancer survivor still in active treatment because hello I take cancer drugs.

I mean WTF Aetna??? Time to start contacting the man in the ivory tower CEO Mark Bertolini and President Karen Lunch again.

LynchKS@aetna.com

I already started by Tweeting my displeasure and the @AetnaHelp tweetie birds are all a twitter literally.  But how can they help me? I know from past similar conversations they can’t tell me why I have Groundhog Day on an annual basis with my plans.  They are like Aetna’s social media Rockettes, they kick up their virtual legs, but that is about it.

I am really not so difficult.  All I want is continuity.  I want to pay my premium and be able to see my doctors all year round, not just 2/3 of the year with 1/3 of the year feeling my blood pressure rise as I realize I have to dance for health insurance again.

If you live in Pennsylvania and are an individual insured, you do NOT have many options.  I can tell you from my friends that the exchange under the Affordable Care Act does NOT offer much in the way of actual choice, let alone plans that are actually worth paying for.  That leaves Aetna and Independence Blue Cross.

I had Keystone HMO before Obamacare and before breast cancer when I was on a corporate plan and then when I was covered on my ex’s small business policy. When he left I had to get individual insurance.  As an individual Keystone / Independence Blue Cross they rejected me for coverage because…wait for it…I had answered yes to the question did I ever have irregular periods. I remember speaking to the underwrtiter at the time and asking her if she had ever had an irregular period and did she answer the question honestly or lie.   She did not like that very much.

That is how I ended up with Aetna.

Aetna pre-Obamacare was easy.  It was affordable and I had the coverage I needed, including all my Penn doctors.

Now I have an annual headache of Aetna Groundhog day.  Then trying to get used to new plans, new charges, their “tier” system.  Basically all my doctors are really good ones so it I pay the top tier of pricing.   Suffice it to say, I pay well above a $50 co-pay.

But looking at Keystone Health Plan East, I see that Independence Blue Cross still doesn’t really want to cover individual subscribers. Oh yes, they have the nice and fluffy Obamacare-speak, but they still do not seem to want to cover individuals.

No one does.  You have this big healthcare revolution that has been instituted during 8 years of Obama as President and the healthcare system in this country is as big a hot mess as ever.

I have never, ever gone without health insurance. I have always kept myself insured. But now at 52, I am a five year self-employed breast cancer survivor and my options seem to shrink annually. By law I have to have health insurance and by need I have to have health insurance. But health insurance companies want to offer us less and less and charge us more, or find a way to dump the state you live in.

Me going on the Obamacare exchange is not a viable option, especially if I was to keep seeing the doctors who saved my life and God forbid I get a recurrence.   Oh yes, sure supposedly they can’t cancel you for a pre-exisiting condition like cancer, but oh yes they can try other ways to do JUST THAT.

That is what I think this annual Groudhog Day with Aetna is about. They do not value me or my timely paid, never missed insurance premiums.  They are trying to find a way to get rid of us pesky self-insureds. THAT is what is really going on in my opinion.  If they valued me and my business, I would just get a renewal notice like I used to before Obamacare.

But I don’t.  I get a letter telling me so sad too bad I am in cancellation city at the end of 2016. That I have to start the process ALL OVER AGAIN.  But I can’t talk to anyone NOW about what my options are, I have to wait until October 15 and then talk to some other person employed in an Aetna outsourced area. And if I need help between now and then, hell I know the routine, you go to call centers in the Phillipines where they can’t deviate from a script and can’t help you and often refuse to transfer you to a state-side call center even if they are supposed to transfer you if you know to request that.

Today I decided to reach out and touch elected officials in the United States Senate.  I chose the senators I can see putting the most pressure on Aetna: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

How did I figure them out?

See these articles:

Aetna’s Health Reform Blueprint: Invest in Public Health

The health insurance giant will be focusing its efforts on investment in social programs.

By Kimberly Leonard | Staff Writer Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:12 a.m.

Aetna, the health insurance behemoth that recently backed away from Obamacare, is focusing its efforts on setting the blueprint for what it sees as the next step to health care reform under a new administration.

Through research and grants the firm’s Aetna Foundation is investing in projects aimed at reducing chronic disease like expanding healthy eating options or constructing walkable neighborhoods. The company, says Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini, intends to demonstrate that the quality of a person’s health has less to do with the health care they receive and more to do with how they live.

and

Senators send 2nd letter to Aetna CEO following unanswered questions — 5 key points

Several Democratic senators sent a second letter to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, demanding answers as to why the payer left the Affordable Care Act exchanges, according to Morning Consult.

Senate Democrats Again Question Aetna’s Exchange Withdrawal

CT Mirror: Senators press fight with Aetna over quitting ACA exchanges

Washington – A group of liberal senators and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini continued their battle Friday, with the lawmakers accusing the insurance executive of avoiding their questions about Aetna’s decision to quit 11 health insurance exchanges.

“We are disappointed by your failure to respond in a meaningful way. Your lack of cooperation does not mollify our concern that Aetna appears to be attempting to force the Justice Department into approving its controversial merger by threatening access to coverage for millions of Americans,” wrote Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and three other senators.

The senators had written Bertolini on Sept. 8, asking the Aetna chief about his decision to withdraw from 11 Affordable Care Act exchanges after the Justice Department challenged Aetna’s proposed merger with Humana. The senators asked Bertolini to respond to 12 questions, including “what exact costs Aetna will incur now that the Justice Department has challenged the merger” and how much it will cost the company if the merger is ultimately blocked.

 

So I called the offices of these U.S. Senators.  First their staffers all asked me why I wasn’t calling Pennsylvania Senators Casey and Toomey.  I asked them if they had met the people tasked with representing Pennsylvanians.

First there is Bob Casey whose office still hasn’t responded to a fairly simple query I made oh around 2007 or 2008.

Then there is Pat Toomey, who seems to prefer women be seen and not heard and not have the right to choose.  If I was Toomey’s ideal woman I would be silent, barefoot, preggers and in the kitchen.  Only I am 52, a breast cancer survivor with a brain in her head and who has had a hysterectomy. I am not his ideal conservative breeder, in other words.

So I gave these Senators’ offices a call this afternoon and told them what it was like being an Aetna insured NOT on the exchange and NOT on a corporate plan, but as an individual.

(here is the link to the letter these senators sent http://www.warren.senate.gov/files/documents/2016-09-23AetnaFollowupLetter.pdf)

Not all the Senators had staffers to answer their phones.  Some just had voice mail and Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s phone just rang and rang and rang.

But I did get to speak to people in Senator Warren and Senator Sanders offices.  I just wanted them to know what it was like to be an individual in Pennsylvania dealing with Aetna and their annual Groundhog Day.

Will it do any good? I do not know.  All I do know is what happens to me and millions of others annually is not fair.

Some will say life is not fair and to them I say nice view point, but no I am not accepting this health insurance Groundhog Day every year.

Aetna, your subscribers deserve better.

And PS Aetna as of September 16 was protesting the fact they lost out on three-year contracts to manage long-term care for Medicaid beneficiaries.     I find that ironic all things considered.

I would love to be able to bill Aetna the time I have to spend not -working and being my own health care advocate.   Is anyone starting a class action suit against Aetna? Hit me up via this blog if it happens.

Read about Aetna Complaints HERE  and HERE or just look at their Facebook page.

 

 

 

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