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Fri., May 2, 2014, 8:20 a.m.

Hancock: Obamacare Saved The Farm

Timing, they say, is everything. For John Hancock, that’s been particularly true lately. After several years without health insurance, Hancock – the former director of the Spokane Symphony – signed up for coverage under Obamacare not long before being hit with chest pains announcing that he needed heart-valve surgery. He showed up at a cardiologist’s office March 5 with a brand-new insurance plan. “They said, we’ve got to fix this right away,” Hancock said. One six-day hospital stay later, his heart is all fixed up – with a new valve grown from pig tissue – and he’s mostly recovered. Crucially, the cost didn’t bankrupt him. As he puts it: “A government program saved the farm”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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