Five months ago, Michael Orlie could barely afford his family’s monthly health insurance premiums, debating at month’s end what he should pay first: the mortgage or healthcare bill.
Now, he needs a new socket for his prosthetic leg. And it’s going to cost $13,000. That’s because the Arlington native has an out-of-network prosthetist — the same doctor he’s seen for 20 years.
Lately, Orlie has been getting into better shape. He lost 20 pounds, but that’s created a problem.
The socket for his prosthesis no longer fits.
“It’s gotten to the point where I’m losing suction, so the leg just wants to fall off constantly,” he said.
Recently, due to an accidental missed payment, Orlie was temporarily kicked off his Scott & White insurance plan. The 46-year-old cancer survivor needs insurance, so immediately, he signed up for Medi-Share, a Christian-based insurance co-op.
Orlie voted for Donald Trump, expecting a repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act. Since then, he’s been frustrated that the government hasn’t been able to compromise.
Now, he needs that socket. Come November, he’ll start shopping again for another plan, but doubts he’ll find an affordable plan that covers all his needs.
“I don’t have much hope.”