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6/29/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Dana Stinson - Seal Beach, CA At the peak of her nursing career, Dana Stinson was permanently disabled by a disastrous surgery and the doctor's subsequent attempt to cover up her mistakes. Now, Dana will never care for another patient. Dana went in for her yearly OB/GYN visit in 2002. Her doctor discovered abnormal growths in her uterus and...
Archived Article
4/18/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Junk Insurance, $18.5K in Medical Bills, Forces Them to Leave State In Search of Affordable Insurance Endicott, New York As told by Sherry Orestuk: Three years ago, my husband and I fell for a great sales pitch and bought health insurance that is legalized junk. It left us with nearly $20,000 in debt after a life-threatening illness. In order to...
Archived Article
1/26/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Fake Health Insurance Left Dana Widowed With $450K In Unpaid Bills Playa del Rey, California Get more information about junk insurance and S. 1955. Dana Christensen is a victim of the type of junk health insurance policy President Bush is recommending for the nation. Although she and her husband Doug were insured, Dana was left with $450,000 in...
Archived Article
1/25/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Couple Struggles Through Multiple Surgeries, Only To Find Insurer Won't Pay Penn Valley, California In April 2000, Darlene and Dave Henderson met with a salesman for the National Association for the Self-Employed. He sold them an association health plan with Mega Life, which they thought was like a group PPO similar to others they had seen. Soon...
Feature
1/1/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Read the transcript of the program. View a resource page on the NOW website complete with a photo essay, "Barely Covered," and an analysis of S. 1955. Read More About Junk Health Insurance on FTCR's S. 1955 Resource Page Having trouble viewing the video? Try another format. Real Player: Low High Windows Media Player: LowHigh Quicktime: Low High
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When they retired a few years back, Gene and Betty Greenspan didn't worry excessively about medications. "It was a concern," says Gene, "but the issue of prescription drugs wasn't that paramount." But as they grew older, they found, as most seniors do, that they needed more medications. Gene developed hypertension, and the...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
David Mathis had a successful business career in the office machine industry in Dallas-Ft. Worth. But toward the end of his career, the squeeze put on his company by megaliths like Office Depot forced it to close all its branches, fire everyone and offer them a franchise. David retired, moved to Florida 11 years ago to be near his son, and...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Virginia Neill "broke down early in life," as she puts it, but never knuckled under to misfortune. Attacked at the age of 29 by an autoimmune condition known as alopecia universalis, she nonetheless raised two children and continued to work. Her kids both are in their last year of college. Virginia, now 52, is an artist-businesswoman-...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ann Streaker is a 32 year-old, single mom living in Florida. Her child has medical coverage through the state's Kid Care program, but Ann has had no medical insurance for herself for years. A contract employee and student, she simply can't afford it. It never has been easy, since she and her son moved to Florida from Ohio five years ago. But now...
Archived Article
7/8/2005
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sheila Franklin survived the barrage of hurricanes that battered Ft. Lauderdale this fall. Her house is standing, and she is all right. Now she is going back to face a different, yet equally treacherous foe: the health care industry and its callous disregard for American citizens, especially older citizens. Sheila, 62, is in that no-man's land for...