This story is for all of you health care reform dissenters out there.
Houston Tracy was born March 15th. That makes him, oh, eleven days old. After Houston was born, he became severely ill and physicians found that the baby boy had a heart defect and would need surgery almost immediately. Unfortunately, when Houston’s parents, Kimberly and Doug, notified their Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance that their newborn baby need life-saving heart surgery, they were advised that the insurance would not cover this surgery, simply on the ground that the artery defect was considered a “pre-existing condition.”
Houston’s mother wondered the same thing when I read this horrifying story: how could a condition be “pre-existing” when the child was just born?
Honestly, I don’t even know how to react to this, other than complete and utter outrage. Outrage. The child’s surgery is an immediate necessity — his main arteries in his heart are transposed and the child isn’t receiving the proper bloodflow necessary to sustain a lengthy life — and this is what the insurance company had to say regarding the denial of coverage:
“We will work closely with our customers to keep them informed of any changes that may result from the new law. We will continue to review the bill’s requirements on our business and their respective time frames to ensure full compliance.”
This is even worse than the John Q scenario. This is pure discrimination. There’s no way that an insurance company could feasibly do this to a newborn child or its family.
Although legislation has passed for the health care reform to go into effect, it won’t fully benefit the citizens of the United States — or victims of murdering insurance companies — until September.
Unfortunately, a lot can happen between March 27th, 2010 and September 1st.
I don’t even know where to go with this … tell your parents, your friends, your families, your state representatives; write a letter to the President or even foundations that specialize in these types of things. Contact the Ronald McDonald house, social services or any other entity that you can think of that might even remotely have some kind of insight on this kind of subject and can point the way to real help.
This kind of discrimination has to stop and it has to stop now.