Wynton Hall, in Breitbart.com, tells the story of Margaret Figueroa of New York, who frequently vomits and has lost 22 pounds. She suffers from chronic pain at intolerable levels. Medications assist her in coping. However, her healthcare plan denies the medications. The 49-year-old Staten Island woman has faced the harsh and stark realities of no doctor accepting her Obamacare plan.
Figueroa has Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia and only six doctors on Staten Island accept her health plan, yet she can’t secure an appointment with any of them. It took Figueroa’s Congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), to intervene in assisting her in getting some of the prescription drugs she so desperately needs.
Figueroa is not the only one enduring ACA-related struggles. Others going through similar difficulties are part of narrow network stories. For example, narrow healthcare networks have also shut out afflicted cancer sufferers at top cancer centers nationwide. Some Obamacare customers attempt to use their ACA insurance plan and find their prescriptions are denied.
A corresponding narrative is that the new healthcare law is still currently unpopular across the U.S. A recent USA Today/Pew Research survey finds only 37% of Americans now support it.