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Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
Dec. 13, 2013 7:42pm Erica Ritz

Well-known conservative blogger Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit suffered terrifying health issues roughly three months ago.

“I became very sick with what I thought was a cold,” he wrote in a candid post earlier this week. “After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee.”

Hoft appeared on the Glenn Beck Program Friday with guest host Oceander Loesch, explaining how he has now become one of the millions (so far) to lose their health insurance in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act.

“I get this notification that I’m going to lose my insurance,” he said. “This insurance that I bought, that I purchased, and I was paying a good premium, (and) covered most everything.”

Hoft, who is still in a wheelchair, said he has a number of “major surgeries” in the near future and was “very pleased” with his insurance of choice.

“So to get this news on top of my recovery, on top of trying to make a living, has been obviously a very difficult thing to take on at this time,” he said, the emotion clear in his voice.

Hoft has written about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ assertion that people who have lost their insurance are “thrilled” with the options they have available to them, and on Friday he repeated his message that she can “go to hell” because that is “absolutely not true.”

“I don’t have the options I had,” Hoft told Loesch. “I pray to God that I get the same doctors, who saved my life three months ago. I pray that I’ll be able to see them.”

Thankfully, Hoft said, there are already “laws on the books” ensuring that someone in his condition doesn’t “get kicked off” their health insurance mid-treatment, but his health complications are not short-term.

“It’s just, again, something I really didn’t want to suffer through at this time,” he said.

Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft added that the Affordable Care Act was “based on lies,” and said he is one of the millions of Americans who is asking, “why is our government doing this to us?”

Hoft has scheduled a “wheel-in rally” outside Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D) St. Louis office on Saturday from 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. in an effort to find out.

He stresses that while the focus of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has been the failed website, the website is not the issue — it is the law itself.

“I can’t believe that so many people still today are just taking this and sitting at home,” he concluded, saying he hopes a few people join him on Saturday.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2013, 11:30:34 PM »
What is left out of this article is that Hoft's insurance carrier is exiting the Missouri market.  This may or may not be due to Obamacare;  it is common for carriers to pull out of states when the cost of doing business is prohibitive.
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Re: Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2013, 11:31:45 PM »
What is left out of this article is that Hoft's insurance carrier is exiting the Missouri market.  This may or may not be due to Obamacare;  it is common for carriers to pull out of states when the cost of doing business is prohibitive.

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Re: Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2013, 11:34:14 PM »
What's your source?

An article posted here yesterday.   I'll try to find it.
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Re: Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2013, 11:54:33 PM »
Here it is:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/please-pray-for-me-i-am-losing-my-insurance/


Thanks.  From the comments following the post it looks as if he was in the Missouri high-risk pool, which was being shut down.  From what I understand, those high-risk pools are supposed to shut down under Obamacare, which means - if that's where he was getting his coverage - that Obama and Obamacare are, in fact, responsible for his losing his coverage.

That being said, I'm not going to take an online comment as the absolute last word on the matter; still, in the absence of other evidence, it seems a reasonable conclusion.

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Re: Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2013, 11:56:03 PM »
The company is leaving the market for the same reason Aetna, United Health Care and a lot more are leaving the California market - Obamacare.   The biggest carrier for small business insurance is Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield - they are exiting the Missouri marketplace.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/28/ten-states-where-obamacare-wipes-out-existing-health-care-plans/

Ten states where Obamacare wipes out existing health care plans

Posted By Sarah Hurtubise On 7:35 PM 09/28/2013 In | No Comments

President Barack Obama famously promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” He later got even more specific.

“If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have,” Obama said.

But as Obamacare’s rollout approaches, we have learned this is not true. Here are the ten states where consumers may like their health care plans, but they won’t be able to keep them.

1) California: 58,000 will lose their plans under Obamacare. The first bomb dropped in California with a mass exodus from the most populated state’s Obamacare exchange. Aetna, the country’s third largest insurer, left first in July and was closely followed by UnitedHealth. Anthem Blue Cross pulled out of California’s Obamacare exchange for small businesses as well.

Fifty-four percent of Californians expect to lose their coverage, according to an August poll.

2) Missouri: Patients of the state’s largest hospital system — which spans 13 hospitals including the St. Louis Children’s Hospital — will not be covered by the largest insurer on Obamacare exchanges, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield. Anthem covers 79,000 patients in Missouri who may seek subsidies on Obamacare exchanges, but won’t be able to see any doctors in the BJC HealthCare system.

3) Connecticut: Aetna, the third largest insurer in the nation, won’t offer insurance on the Obamacare exchange in its own home state, where it was founded in 1850. The reason? “We believe the modification to the rates filed by Aetna will not allow us to collect enough premiums to cover the cost of the plans and meet the service expectations of our customers,” said Aetna spokesman Susan Millerick.

4) Maryland: 13,000 individuals covered by Aetna and its recently-purchased Coventry Health Care won’t be able to keep their insurance plans if they want Obamacare subsidies on the exchanges. Aetna and Coventry canceled plans to offer insurance in the exchange when state officials wouldn’t allow them to charge premiums high enough to cover costs.

5) South Carolina: 28,000 people were insured by Medical Mutual of Ohio, SC’s second-largest insurance company, until it decided to leave the state entirely in July due to Obamacare’s “vast and quite complex” new regulations. Company spokesman Ed Byers said Medical Mutual’s patients would be switched over to United Healthcare plans instead.

6) New York: Aetna pulled out of New York’s exchange in late August in an effort to keep their plans “financially viable,” said Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener.

7) New Jersey: 1.1 million Aetna customers are at risk in New Jersey, where the leading insurer also won’t be a part of the exchange. Just 2,600 patients purchase individual plans with the company, but any looking to take advantage of subsidies on the exchange for unaffordable employer-based insurance won’t be able to do with Aetna.

8) Iowa: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Iowa’s largest health insurer, decided not to offer plans in the Obamacare exchange. It sells 86 percent of Iowa’s individual health insurance plans.

9) Wisconsin: Two of the three largest insurers in the state won’t offer plans on the exchange. United Healthcare and Humana patients will have to get a new health insurer to buy insurance on Obamacare exchanges.

10) Georgia: Just five insurers are participating in Georgia’s Obamacare exchange. Medical Mutual of Ohio left Georgia and Indiana as well as South Carolina, due to Obamacare regulations. Aetna, along with Coventry, also decided against participating in the George health exchange.
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Re: Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2013, 11:58:01 PM »
Here is the complete story of his illness -- scary stuff:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/facing-the-horror-how-disease-nearly-took-my-life-but-grace-saved-me/

Facing the Horror: How Disease Nearly Took My Life But Grace Saved Me
Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:56 AM
 

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”
Psalm 23.4

My trip to Los Angeles the weekend of August 16th was wonderful. I saw several friends. I spoke at a rally for media fairness. I played the part of an Obama rodeo clown chasing a cow across the stage. It was great fun.

It wasn’t until late Saturday night that I started feeling ill. And I brought what I thought was a cold virus back home with me to St. Louis.

The next week I felt horrible and took cold medicine to try to shake this late summer “virus.” It wasn’t until Thursday when I woke up with no sight in my left eye that I knew something was terribly wrong.

That is when I checked into the hospital and my life changed forever.

My twin brother, who works and lives in Hong Kong, was trying his best to capture what was going on with my health crisis in St. Louis. His beautiful daughter, Candice, came and stayed with me my first few nights in the hospital.

Much of late August through September was blurry for me. I was very, very sick. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed, but was not sure if I was going to make it. It was such a dark, lonely place. But in the end, prayer won.

Since my memory is not clear, I’ve relied on friends and family to help tell this story.

The initial diagnosis was that I had a bacterial infection, so I was treated with antibiotics. My temperature continued to run high, reaching 103.5, an incredible number.

After more tests, my cousin, Dan, a top doctor at a nearby university hospital, came on the scene. He determined that I had an infection in my knee, in my bloodstream, and that it had affected the aortic valve of my heart, creating an abscess. Due to the complexity of the case, I was transferred from the community hospital to St. Louis University Hospital.

Before they could fix my heart, my badly infected knee had to be removed. This was done and I recovered over the Labor Day weekend, resting up for the most harrowing of all surgeries: open heart.

When the surgeons looked at my heart, they found the infection was more extensive than they had thought. During a twelve hour surgery, that was supposed to last only five hours, they removed the infection, replaced my aortic valve, took out a portion of the aorta near my heart, and put in a new artery that leads to the brain. They patched up a small hole I have had since birth and another hole the size of a dime, which was caused by the infection. The lead surgeon said this was within the top 1% of complicated cases in his career. Later, my cousin, Dr. Dan, said it was a unique case with several features that will make it a case study for years. But, the surgery did not go without complications. The heart machine broke down, and one artery they used became so brittle it broke apart during the surgery. But, God’s healing grace was there every step of the way.

I recovered miraculously in the immediate days following the surgery, cared for by wonderful nurses, friends, and family members, including my twin brother, who flew in from Hong Kong.

But there was more to come. Due to fluid buildup around my heart, I underwent surgery again a week later. Then a week after that, I underwent another surgery to remove fluid from around my lungs. After that last procedure, I had my best night’s sleep in more than a month.

In late September, I had a pacemaker placed under my skin, near my heart. The surgery went well, and I was moved to a skilled nursing facility.

There have been several other procedures and operations, but I am on the mend. I still don’t have vision in my left eye, I won’t have a new knee for many weeks, and the pain can be horrible.

But through it all – reading your tweets, knowing you called meant the world to me. And knowing that there were people out there praying for my good health I believe is the reason I can sit here at my computer today and thank each and every one of you.
Thank you.

Andrea, Rachel and the Gang–
On my way to the hospital in late August my second call was to Andrea Ryan, my friend who has been contributing and helping me with TGP for the past two years. I told her my situation. Her immediate response was not to worry about the blog but to focus on getting well. Andrea took over as Chief Editor and contributor and has been running the blog since late August. I can’t thank her enough.

Rachel has been writing for TGP for several years. Her mother, Ruth, was a contributor before her. Rachel has never complained but just asks what she could do to help. And she has more than helped.  She has been Andrea’s greatest support during the past six weeks.  Thank you, Rachel.

Ed, Mara, Andrew, and James – thanks so much for helping Andrea keep the blog humming along!

Loving Breitbart–
Andrew’s spirit lives on.
It was during these very early dark days that Mike Flynn from Big Goverment and Breitbart.com reached out to Gateway Pundit Editor, Andrea Ryan, and offered to supply content to TGP while I was recovering.  I’m touched by all they did, most especially, the moving Tribute written about me and their promotion of it on the Internet and XM Radio.  They were just amazing.

Later, several other top bloggers joined them, including John Hawkins of Right Wing News, and William Teach from Pirate’s Cove, who have come every day to help without fail.  Also, thank you to Duane Lester, Oceander Loesch, Doug Ross, Melissa Clouthier, Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, Andrea Shea King, Sister Toldjah, Robert Stacy McCain, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Bookworm, Kristinn Taylor, Steve Schippert, Adam Andrzejewski, Marinka Peschmann, Ken Pittman, The P/Oed Patriot, and Dr. Mark Christian.
This is what makes me so proud to be a conservative blogger.
I am forever grateful for your generosity!

My brothers and sister–
My younger brother drove up from Texas when he found out I was sick. He stayed on a cot in the hospital with me those first terrifying days. I have the best little brother in the world.

Joe, my twin, flew back from Hong Kong and stayed several days with me in the hospital. I was so glad to see my twin. Before he came I didn’t know if I’d ever see him again.

My older brother, Tim, has been a consistent pillar of support. The ice cream he snuck in was a treat. He’s helped out in so many ways.

My sister, Becky, came from Iowa for a week and was a great help. She’s become such a good friend over the years.

I, also, want to thank all of the friends and visitors who called and offered their support in many ways. Especially, my dear friend Bridget and my niece Andrea. – Thank you so much! Thank you Fred, Jill, Andrea R., Chris, Ryan, Alyena, Cece, Sophia, Mia and everyone for your visits.

Thank you Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds and Andrew Marcus. Andrew came down from Illinois three times to see me during my darkest hours. Thank you dear friend. Your presence lifted my spirit.

Thank you Oceander Loesch for taking time to sit with me. You lifted me in prayer. You just took the time to visit during this difficult days. I will never forget your generosity and cherish your friendship.

Thank you Doctors and Staff – You saved my life…
I knew the heart surgury was difficult, but two weeks after the procedure Dr. Lee came in and told my sister and me, “You know, you were dead.” I truly believe this great surgeon saved my life.

When my cousin, Dr. Dan, heard about my situation he immediately made a bed available at his hospital. He dropped by every day. He spoke with the other doctors and followed my progress. I can’t thank you enough, Dan. Thank you for your support and friendship.

To Gateway Pundit readers and supporters–
Thank you for all your support and prayers during this extremely difficult time. It has meant more than you can possibly know. I truly believe your prayers lifted me through the dark days.

Finally, I may not be the same man I was two months ago. I may not have all my sight. I temporarily may not walk. I may have patches all over my chest. I may have a machine telling my heart to beat… But I want you to know that I am willing and able to continue on the mission to save this great nation. Thank you, Lord, for this second chance.
The fight goes on.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Conservative Blogger Loses Health Insurance Amid Terrifying Medical Issues
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2013, 04:56:37 PM »
What a story! I hope he comes through this just fine.  It was good to see so many conservative bloggers come together to help him. I'm glad you posted this, because I wondered what kind of illness he had that kept him away so long.


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