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Sharing the Pain

7:02 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Those whose insurance has been cancelled as “substandard” don’t have much recourse.  They can go to the government’s website, which isn’t working so well.  Or they could write their person in Congress as some 30,000 of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s constituents have.  And, then, they can submit their cancellation notices to a web site – one that does work – for posting.

As Andy Meek of National Journal reports:

… MyCancellation.com is posting cancellation letters from people who may have liked their health insurance but can't keep it. In little more than a week, the site has collected more than 400 letters – and attracted more than 10,000 Twitter followers.

Among them:

A Nov. 11 posting shows what appears to be a cancellation letter sent to a U.S. Senate staffer earlier this month.

While sending in a cancellation letter might be a way to vent, the site is careful about decorum.

"Just remember,” [it] warns, "no crude gestures, no crude language, no personal information.”

Sharing that cancellation letter may not help much if you get sick. But in the (very) short run, it might make you feel a little better.

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