Public option needed for at-risk and preexisting health conditions

In the past two years, I have been designated as an automatic "turn down" — not eligible for an individual health-insurance policy, after my husband's employment ended and COBRA coverage finished. Private insurance company, after private insurance company, turned me down with my diagnosis of intestinal problems, despite the fact that two years later the problems have healed. The "at-risk pool" insurance with no-questions-asked for preexisting conditions would charge over $1,100 per month for an individual health-insurance policy.

This is not fair. Private insurance companies should not have this power. We need a solution now. We can't afford to pay high premiums and to not have coverage due to the high cost of premiums while Congress delays action. A public option in health insurance is a necessity to allow for competition and choice. We need something done now.

— Judy Mattox

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One thought on “Public option needed for at-risk and preexisting health conditions

  1. Matt Mercy

    I know a person in the same boat as you…recently laid off, COBRA set to expire in a few months, intestinal disorder, and the prospect of super-high insurance costs if they can’t find another job by then.

    …have you ever wondered where your disorder came from? I am beginning to suspect more and more that the MMR series many of us received as children is what’s causing these never-before-seen immunodeficiency disorders like Crohns, Coalitis, IBS, et al. (check out

    So people are getting sick and crippled mostly from vaccines, pharmaceuticals, slash and burn procedures, etc. and then they want government aid so that they can continue to afford this madness we call “healthcare”?

    Anyway, I don’t think a eugenicidal health care bill will help anyone. Look into natural, god-given remedies, like probiotics. It’s cheap and works great (in my friend’s case, at least). Of course the UN is trying to ban natural remedies and vitamins through Codex Alimentarius, but that’s a story for another time…

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