Meet Stacie Ritter. She's a hardworking mother of twins who lives in Pennsylvania.
Her daughters, now 11, were diagnosed with leukemia when they were four. They both needed stem cell transplants and other cancer treatments. The twins survived, but the glands controlling their growth were damaged beyond repair from the treatment. To continue growing, they needed doctor-recommended growth-hormone injections regularly.
Stacie's husband's company switched to CIGNA health insurance, and CIGNA refused to cover the hormone shots. Each time Stacie takes her daughters to the doctor for the shots, it costs her $440. Between the cancer treatment and the denied care, Stacie and her husband had to file for bankruptcy.
Meet Ed Hanway. He's the "hardworking" CEO of CIGNA - a leading health insurance company.
Last year, Hanway made $12.2 million. That's $5,883 an hour, enough to cover 12 of the treatments Stacie's daughters need every hour. He has $28 million in stock options. He owns a beach house in New Jersey worth $13 million, one of many mansions he possesses.
Hanway runs CIGNA, which made $7 billion dollars in the last eight years [pdf]. How does CIGNA make money? By denying claims from people like Stacie. You see, if they had to pay for treatment like what Stacie's daughters need, they couldn't make anywhere close to $7 billion dollars.
This isn't right.
It isn't right that Hanway can make more money than the average American family every hour, and Stacie has to go bankrupt trying to care for her daughters. And it isn't right that a company in America can base their business off of hurting and bankrupting other people, denying them needed health care.
Stacie isn't taking this sitting down. Watch:
Today, Stacie is off to one of Hanway's mansions in Pennsylvania. She's going to ask him to put her up, so she can afford the treatment Hanway's company denies her. And she's not going to take no for an answer.
Stacie lost everything, while Hanway made even more money. Hanway won, Stacie lost, but she's fighting back.
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