They are calling Congressional offices and showing up
at their Representatives’ town hall meetings
with angst-filled stories about a pre-ACA world
in which they couldn’t get individual health plans
because of their medical histories.
The fate of patient protections
in the fight over the health-care law looms especially large
for the cancer community
because of the disease’s prevalence
and the enormous cost of treatment.
More than 15 million people in the United States
are patients or survivors,
with millions more affected as family members.
And although new therapies offer much promise,
the disease remains the second-leading cause of death in this country.
When The Washington Post recently asked readershow they may be affected by changes in health-care policy,a striking number said they or family members were fighting cancerand outlined an array of concerns.“People are scared out of their minds,”said 34-year-old Erin Price Schabert,who seven years ago was treated for breast cancer.She frets whether that history would make her “uninsurable”in the individual market if she were to leave her job.