Ohio Woman Who Wrote President of Insurance Woes Back In Hospital

Mar 11, 2010 7:39am

Natoma Canfield, the Medina, Ohio cleaning woman and cancer surivivor who could no longer afford to pay for her skyrocketing insurance premiums — and whose letter to the president explaining her predicament President Obama read to insurance executives last week — is back in the hospital after more than a decade being cancer-free.

"I went from feeling A-OK to really bad," Canfield told ABC News from the hospital, where she's awaiting her test results.

President Obama will be visiting nearby Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday and the White House had invited Canfield to introduce him. Canfield's sister will be traveling from Florida to fill in for her, in case she can't attend because of her health taking a turn for the worse.

Canfield said no matter the results of her tests she knows she will be facing "a huge hospital bill" since she had to drop her individual health insurance from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio after its most recent premium increase.

- jpt

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