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August 24, 2012

Re "Ryan plan may hurt disabled the most," Column, Aug. 21

Without Medicare, those of us who have pre-existing conditions will have difficulty getting health insurance.

After we lost coverage because of a layoff, Blue Shield, which was at the time one of the three companies in California's program for high-risk patients, would not insure my husband because he has acid reflux and takes medication for it. I was turned down because I was a six-year cancer survivor. Apparently, Blue Shield forgot it was part of the high-risk program.

Without Medicare, it's naive to think any insurance company will accept your application if you've ever had or been cured of a serious illness.

C.J. Lee

Los Angeles

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