With just two weeks before all Americans must have a form of medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act, one local pastor says it’s anything but affordable.
Pastor Tony Angran of Centerville was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in January. He had insurance, but it did not cover certain things, like chemo. Since then, he has racked up $50,000 in medical bills and emptied his savings account.
So Angran signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange. But with premiums of $850 per month, Angran says it isn’t affordable either, and he can’t get the treatment he needs until he has the right insurance. "I'm struggling here with stage three cancer and they're sending me to the financial person to find out how are you going to pay for this?" Angran says.
Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, Pastor Angran also has to wait two weeks before the coverage will kick in, so he has to put off his cancer treatments until then.