OKC Woman Blames Obamacare For Husband Losing Insurance

Monday, March 10th 2014, 6:09 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

An Oklahoma woman says because of Obamacare her husband lost his insurance, and almost his life.

Laura Hubbs works for an oil company in western Oklahoma. Her employer told employees this fall that because of the Affordable Care Act it was too costly to continue paying insurance premiums for spouses. So her husband didn't have insurance when he got sick three weeks ago.

Lenny Hubbs was just released from the hospital Monday afternoon after an ordeal that cost him part of his lung and over $100,000 in hospital bills.

Doctors diagnosed Lenny with pneumonia and said his lungs were filling with blood. Lenny, who is a self-employed contractor was always on his wife's insurance. After that ended, they say premiums were too high for them to afford on their own and they don't qualify for Medicaid.

"He's healthy, he's never went into the Dr. before," said Hubbs.

Without insurance, the couple believes they didn't get proper care at two hospitals, sitting at one hospital for nine days where they say doctors did nothing. A couple days ago the couple demanded to be transferred to Mercy Hospital where Lenny finally got help.

"They went ahead and removed half of his lung just because that blood sat in there too long," said Laura.

It will be a month before Lenny can return to work. In the meantime, Laura has been frantically searching for insurance they can afford.

"I couldn't even get the good insurance with it, because that was $500 a month."

Laura, however, has not tried to find insurance on healthcare.gov. That's the only place where you can see if you qualify for tax breaks on premiums. She is looking into it.

Laura also says her employer was very helpful through all this, by paying for her hotel and expenses while Lenny was in the hospital and continuing to pay her salary.