Patient's bill soars as health law program falters

Patient's bill soars as health law program falters

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Patient's bill soars as health law program falters

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It sounds like one of those insurance horror stories President Barack Obama told to sell his health overhaul to Congress: Bev Veals, dealing with advanced cancer, was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. 

Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay more than $3,000 -- on top of premiums. 

But Veals is covered by Obama's law -- one of about 100,000 people with serious medical issues in a troubled program called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. 

Political divisions over health care have blocked a fix, a bad omen for solving other problems that could surface with "Obamacare." 

Veals said she felt she finally had something dependable "and somebody pulled the plug."

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