Pre-existing Condition

“I didn’t have the sleep study that you recommended,” he says.  I wait.  “I went for the consultation.  She said that looking at me (30 year young fit man), I don’t fit the stereotype for sleep apnea, but talking to me, she thinks I have it and I should have the study.”

I tell him about skinny children who have sleep apnea, not because they’re overweight middle-aged men, but because they have large tonsils.  The therapy for them is surgery, not CPAP masks.  “You’re closer to those kids than the middle aged men,” I say.

He waits a beat, then glances at me sideways.  “Also, I didn’t want to get diagnosed with something else,” he adds.  “I have insurance now, but I don’t want it to be a pre-existing condition… if something happens.”  He has had asthma since age six.  He is an expert on getting denied insurance coverage and pre-existing conditions.  Hopefully, soon that expertise will become obsolete.

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2 Responses to “Pre-existing Condition”
  1. Michael Kalm says:

    Yes, hopefully. I think the Republicans are fighting so hard against Obamacare because they are really afraid that it will work, because when it does, even the Koch brothers won’t be able to stop the Republicans from becoming toast. (My optimistic wish anyway.)

    • I just think it’s crazy that we’re paralyzed. If you agree or disagree, the law is law, and it seems preposterous to hold the country hostage because a minority still wishes it weren’t. We went to war in Iraq, didn’t we? Meaning, there are policies and decisions that both sides can object to, but at some point, the rules say you’ve “won” or “lost” and you just need to get on and go with it. If it is as horrible as they fear, it will fail and they can get a chance to pass something different. Nobody claims it’s perfect at this point – is it a giveaway to the pharmaceuticals and insurance companies? doesn’t do nearly enough to get us for affordable care for all? whatever. but the truth is, regardless of whether they like it or not, time to get on with it and get the government back in business. I’ve been amazed the last few days how many people are affected, in ways large and small, by the shut down. NIH studies and research, foreign service diplomats, VA employees, and even a fellow planning a vacation next week to the Grand Canyon, now closed.

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