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