Josie Gracchi was due to have a life-saving surgery for breast cancer—then lost access to her doctors under Obamacare.
“I would like my health care taken care of. I was insured. I think anyone who is going through a serious illness should have immediate responses. I shouldn’t have to wait months, weeks, to even be considered for surgery that I should have had weeks ago,” Gracchi said on “Fox & Friends.”
Gracchi was scheduled for a Jan. 3 biopsy and follow-up a New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. But then her insurance rolled over to a new plan, part of the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchange, and her doctors are no longer in the pictures.
“As of January 1, my insurance plan rolled over into a new ObamaCare plan that is part of the exchange and my doctors are no longer available in my network, so the surgeons that I was dealing with … I no longer have access to,” Gracchi told Fox News.
“This is delaying all my treatment and surgery. Most people that get breast cancer don’t wait this long to have a surgery, but it’s as if I’ve never had insurance at all,” she added.
Gracchi is trying to find doctors to help her on the HealthCare.gov site, but Sloan-Kettering is the largest private cancer center in the world. Finding medical professionals who compare under Obamacare has not been easy.
U.S. News and World Report reported that many top hospitals have been forced to opt out of Obamacare. People whose private insurance previously covered care at those hospitals will be forced to look to other options for treatment.