How does Obamacare help those with Cancer?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
How does Obamacare help those with Cancer?
Mon, 01-21-2013 - 12:20pm

I know Cancer is one of the top things people always talk about when it comes to healthcare insurance so I want to know how Obamacare is going to help those with Cancer. One of my friend's mother died of  Breast Cancer. She had no insurance (not even medicaid) but got the best treatment available. She was denied nothing due to lack of money. In fact, she got better treatment than a girl I went to school with who died from Leukemia. The girl's parents had good insurance but she was denied certain treatments because they weren't covered. So is Obamacare going to cover all the expenses that someone's health insurance doesn't cover?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 1:00pm

Obamacare isn't an actual health insurance, so it doesn't cover any expenses, and it doesn't cover anything that a person's regular insurance doesn't already cover. 

ObamaCare's health care plan reforms the way we buy health insurance requiring that all Americans, purchase a private health care plan or pay a 1% - 2.5% tax (it's a tax, not a mandate). Americans who cannot afford health insurance will either qualify for Medicare / Medicaid or get assistance in the form of tax credits, tax breaks or assistance with up-front costs on the Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX).

It does open up insurance to more people, especially those with children with pre-existing conditions, or an adult with a pre-existing condition as of 2014.  It doesn't necessarily increase any benefits you already have through your currenct insurance provider.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2012
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 7:48pm

I for one, will be very happy that everyone will be able to have some sort of medical care. Too many children are not getting the medical care they need. Too many adults also because they either make too little to be able to afford private insurance or make to much to be eligible for the state/gov't insurance.