PoliticsPA has reaction from Marino Campaign Manager Ryan Barton who confirms that Marino wants to preserve Medicare for current or near retirees. What about the rest of us?
Then says “Instead, Mr. Scollo should be explaining to the hardworking taxpayers of Pennsylvania why he has not paid his taxes.”
Well, he did and explained it in several newspaper stories over the last few days
He got sick and his wife got sick and that almost ruined them financially. How many times have you heard of something like this? Scollo has worked out a payment plan with the IRS so he is not dodging his taxes. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a start to ending this kind of nonsense when everything people have worked to build gets wiped out because of an illness.
Borys has the story.
PL: Tom Marino has also had some health problems but he had taxpayer funded healthcare that got him through it.
I wish both gentlemen and the lady a full recovery.
Karen Scollo explains what they had to deal with.
Less than 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was scared--both Phil and I were.
As if that weren't enough, our health insurance company decided to deny me coverage. Suddenly, we had no option but to pay for my cancer treatments out of our pockets. If you've been through these treatments, you know how expensive they are. We were at a loss for words.
I remember being angry at the cancer, at the insurance company. We had coverage. We paid the premiums, but they wouldn't cover the chemo. What can you do at a moment like that? What can you say?
At that moment we could have faced bankruptcy -- in addition to the cancer.
Then Phil took on the insurance company, showing them that in fact they had to cover my treatments. It was an intense battle, but he won. He got them to cover the chemotherapy. We pulled together and we survived.
Like many Pennsylvania families, our family has seen its share of ups and downs, especially in the last decade during the financial crisis and economic downturn.
But my cancer and our fight with the insurance company aren't unique stories. It's an all-too-common American story.
Too many families like ours have faced this type of two-handed battle: trying to survive and trying to avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure.
Every family who faces this experiences true tragedy. And many are not as lucky as we were.