Family of 6-year-Old Girl With Cancer Loses Coverage After Obamacare

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 3, 2013   |   8:06PM   |   Washington, DC

The stories of families losing their health insurance now that Obamacare is in place are getting more and more heartbreaking. While liberals talk about taking care of children, what about this little girl, who suffers from cancer and, though no fault of their own, her parents are losing their insurance under Obamacare’s rules and regulations.

Gee thanks Mr. President.

As Guy Benson from Town Hall reports:

A stark and searing reminder that’s ongoing struggles and security vulnerabilities are only a small component of Obamacare’s comprehensive failure. After the website’s myriad technical difficulties are at long last sorted out, mass cancellations, rising premiums and doc shock will remain as the devastating residual legacy of President Obama’s top legislative “accomplishment.” Every one of those consequences represents a broken White House promise. Meet young Ellie Porter and her family, who’ve experienced the new law’s affects firsthand. Heartbreaking:

Having a child diagnosed with cancer is an unimaginable ordeal for any family, and adding any challenges on top of it can seem overwhelming. Paul and Jami Porter of Kaysville learned last week their insurance plan was terminated under the Affordable Care Act, more than 3 1/2 months into their daughter’s fight with undifferentiated sarcoma began.

Six-year-old Ellie Porter, who has had one kidney removed, just wrapped up her radiation treatments and is expected to be done with chemotherapy around the first of the year.

“You’re getting used to what’s going on; and then all of a sudden having something like this thrown in is definitely challenging and frustrating at the same time,” Paul Porter said. He and his wife are now in the middle of shopping for a new plan that complies with the Affordable Care Act. He said the old plan didn’t meet some of the requirements, according to a letter from the insurer. The options the family is weighing have premiums that are more than double the premiums under their previous plan, Paul Porter said. Additionally, the Porters said they had limited time to sign up for a new plan and didn’t have all the information they felt they needed to make an informed decision. Like many others across the nation, they were also struggling to simply enroll through the federal website,

Ellie isn’t an “anecdote.” She’s a little girl who’s very sick:

This poor family hit the Obamacare trifecta: (1) They’ve been dropped off of their existing insurance plan — which they were counting on to help pay for their cancer-stricken daughter’s treatments — because Beltway Democrats decreed that their coverage was “substandard.” (2) Their efforts to obtain new coverage in time for 2014 were hampered terribly by Obamacare’s broken website. (3) Their options for new coverage entail premiums twice as high as what they were previously paying. The Porters’ story is particularly wrenching, given the pediatric cancer angle, but similar stories are playing out across the country. Liz Binns is an Ohioan with a pre-existing condition:



Millions of Americans have already lost their health insurance thanks to Obamacare and now there is a new problem — the Obamacare health care plans the small numbers of Americans have having success in obtaining aren’t covering everyone.

Witness this family in New York. Cornelius Kelly had no issues securing health insurance under the state Obamacare exchange for his family and some of their children, but their 18-month-old daughter was left out in the cold. He was told she would be required to have her own health insurance policy costing the Kelly family as much as $369 a month.