September 19, 2009 @ 5:43 PM

When 17-year-old Brianna Rice was diagnosed with celiac disease in February, she had health insurance.  She doesn’t now.  In the months that followed her diagnosis, her insurance company, American Community Mutual Insurance, combed through her medical records and ruled that her parents lied on her application last year.

In May, American Community not only canceled her policy, but also rescinded coverage all the way back to the day it started — Nov. 1.

Her parents, Dale and Pat Rice of Deerfield, insist they were truthful on Brianna’s application and say the insurance company is trying to back out of covering their daughter because of the February diagnosis.,0,771811.column

Celiac Disease is  treatable with diet changes alone. When you read the above article you will find that the girl’s parents have already spent $20,000 to try to cure her.  In my opinion, THAT is what is at the root of our nation’s health care crisis. We don’t have health care, we have sick care. Doctors are only educated to treat sysmptoms but never the root cause of the dis-ease.

Nerissa Oden