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Patient's bill soars as health law program falters

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(AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows Bev Veals waiting for her chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows Bev Veals waiting for her chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows Bev Veals undergoes chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows Bev Veals undergoes chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows Bev Veals, left, undergoing chemotherapy treatment, accompanied by her husband Scott at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows Bev Veals, left, undergoing chemotherapy treatment, accompanied by her husband Scott at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows a nurse prepares to administer chemotherapy treatment to Bev Veals at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome). This photo taken Aug. 27, 2013 shows a nurse prepares to administer chemotherapy treatment to Bev Veals at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C.

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - It sounds like one of those insurance horror stories President Barack Obama told to sell his health overhaul to Congress: Bev Veals, dealing with advanced cancer, was in the hospital for chemo this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down.

Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay more than $3,000 - on top of premiums.

But Veals is covered by Obama's law - one of about 100,000 people with serious medical issues in a troubled program called the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

Political divisions over health care have blocked a fix, a bad omen for solving other problems that could surface with "Obamacare."

Veals said she felt she finally had something dependable "and somebody pulled the plug."

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