Last week, Karen and I were invited by close friends to a Shabbat meal at their lovely home. One of the nice things about Shabbat meals is that you never know who you’re going to end up sitting next to. Most luncheons are joyous affairs where old friends reconnect, and strangers become new friends.
Karen and I were seated next to a couple whom we had never before met. The standard introductions were made. We learned the couple were from San Francisco. She, a high-powered attorney; he a clever CPA. They were visiting friends in Los Angeles.
Always curious about people, I engaged the couple in lively conversation. As a screenwriter, you never know from where your next story will come.
But Karen, I immediately sensed, was pulling back from the give and take. I wondered what was showing up on my wife’s people-radar that was causing this negative reaction.
And then I found out.
The San Francisco couple informed us that:
1. Barack Obama is Israel’s BFF.
2. All politicians lie.
3. America should give ObamaCare “some time.”
Seraphic Secret makes it a rule to be a gentleman. Which, under the circumstances, translated into showing proper respect for our hosts and their gracious hospitality.
I could have shot down every absurd proposition set forth by the San Francisco leftists, but I just dug into my food like a man starving; swallowed not just salad, but my self-respect. The Shabbat table is no place for partisan politics. Perhaps, because the leftist couple are not Orthodox they do not comprehend the notion of a peaceful Shabbat meal. And even if they did, they, like all true believers, believe that because they are so correct in their ideological fervor, a peaceful Shabbat translates into an opportunity to enlighten the unenlightened.
This post is dedicated to the Jewish couple from San Francisco who displayed, not only incredibly bad manners at lunch, but also revealed the blind ideological fervor and heartlessness which is at the heart of the postmodern Democrat party.
From the New York Post
ObamaCare is supposed to be a huge boon for anyone with a pre-existing condition. Count that another promise broken: It’s actually denying care because of pre-existing conditions.
Millions of Americans with cancer and other chronic illnesses will wind up paying more for lifesaving care, if they can get it all.
To keep costs down, the White House designed ObamaCare plans as cut-rate HMOs. The low profit margins have forced insurers to downsize the number of doctors and hospitals in their networks — and to slash what they cover for out-of-network treatment.
So most ObamaCare plans don’t include the vast majority of the best cancer doctors and cancer centers. That’s a huge problem for these patients. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former Medicare official, writes: “Cancer patients often need the help of specialized doctors and cancer institutions that won’t make it into many of these cheapened networks.
All across the country, leading cancer centers — including New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering — are excluded by the largest plans. In Washington state, the largest exchange plans exclude world-class cancer care for kids such as the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. California’s state-of-the-art
Cedars-Sinai cancer center isn’t in any ObamaCare plan. Only a few plans include the Mayo Clinic.
For the record, our son Ariel Chaim ZT’L, received heroic care for his cancer at Cedars-Sinai, under a wonderful insurance plan which will, no doubt, suffer immeasurably under Obamacare, unless it is repealed.
And if you want a doctor outside such networks, you’ll generally have to pay the full cost of care.
Many people will get better coverage at a lower cost under ObamaCare (after all, the feds are spending hundreds of billions on it). But most cancer patients will wind up paying more for less.
Take Michael Cerpok, a leukemia survivor in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Right now, his monthly premium is about half his monthly take-home pay. But the ObamaCare law forced his insurer to kill that plan for one that fits the law’s rules.
Now he’ll have to pay more for drugs, and his Mayo Clinic doctor is no longer in his network.
Last year, his treatment bill was more than $350,000, but thanks to insurance his out-of-pocket was only $4,500. Now, to keep his doctor, the one who has kept him alive for seven years, Cerpok will have to pay $26,000 out-of-pocket.
ObamaCare also stints on drug coverage, severely limiting the medicines plans cover. Many pre-Obama plans just charged a co-pay of about $50-70 a month for cancer drugs. Under ObamaCare, thousands of cancer patients will have to pay more than $2,500 a month for medicines.
Horribly, ObamaCare is limiting access to new medicines just as a revolution is delivering far better treatments. More than 40 new treatments target the genetic source of tumors, as opposed to older therapies that kill cancer cells after they spread. On average, ObamaCare plans cover only 10 targeted therapies, and insurers don’t have to add new breakthroughs until 2016.
A study by Avalere Health found that up to 90 percent of ObamaCare plans will force cancer patients to cover half the cost of new drugs until they hit the out-of-pocket maximum. By comparison, only 29 percent of non-ObamaCare employer-based plans do so.
Many patients will just give up. Another Avalere study found that people are four times more likely to stop using innovative therapies if they have to pay $500 or more.
South Carolinan Bill Elliott, 50, and a late-stage lung-cancer survivor, is looking at doing just that. He reports that premiums for his family will jump from $150 to $1,500 a month. His doctor isn’t in the ObamaCare network and neither are his medicines, so he’s thinking about stopping altogether, “pay the $95 or whatever fine and I’m just going to let nature take its course,” because he doesn’t want to burden his family.
Forget the Web site and other disasters: The ugliest part of ObamaCare is how it denies life-saving coverage to cancer patients. That isn’t a “glitch”; it’s a cruel and key feature of the law.