What The Fight Is About

The debate over patients' rights will never seem dry or academic to me. When a routine mammogram revealed a cancerous growth in my right breast earlier this year, I felt as though I had stumbled into a dark closet during a nightmare. The bad dream became worse when the doctor's office called to tell me that my insurance company wouldn't cover the biopsy I needed. I called the company, and a representative said I had been dropped because I had failed to send in a renewal form--odd, since my premiums were automatically billed to my credit-card account. I have always been...

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