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A price too high

I don't know why this TV commercial line hasn't hit me upside the head like a brick the hundreds of times I've heard it. It's pretty much the standard tag line for advertisements for prescription drugs: If you cannot afford your medication, (company name here) may be able to help. We should be outraged to live in a country where people cannot afford prescribed medications. Period. No, exclamation point. This is the richest nation ever, and we can't even collectively take care of all of the people with health problems who need help. Our elected officials have it in their power to right this wrong. They are cowards for failing to do so. We are cowards for not voting them out of office. There is no excuse for this. None.


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Feb. 14th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
It makes me start barking when I go into a grocery store and there's a coffee can on the checkout counter with a note taped to it - "Little Jimmy needs a lung transplant. Please give what you can." Somewhere along the way, the Other Party was allowed to dictate the terms of the debate and they have demonized caring for each other. If you are willing to pay a share so that Little Jimmy doesn't die, you're a socialist (which is as bad as a communist, apparently).

Argh. DOn't get me started.
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)


Feb. 15th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
^ What she said. ^
Feb. 14th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
The politicians have their prescriptions covered, so it's not such a pressing matter for them, is it?
Feb. 14th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
It's one reason I'd struggle if I moved back to the U.S. It'd be really bad for my mental health -- and there's no way I could afford the pills or the counseling I've had to make that mental health better!
Feb. 14th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I've been staring at this quote for a week
To know what is right
and not do it is the
worst cowardice. Confucius

Fits, sadly.
Feb. 14th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I called yesterday to make an appointment with a specialist I've been seeing for more than a year now, and the receptionist informed me that they have a new policy: no appointment for condition A unless checked out with Specialist B who, according to my insurance policy, I can't see without a referral from my GP, who won't give one without an in-office visit. Yes, even for continued patients. So that's three different appointments, with associated copays, to get to the one doc I need to see in the first place, because they've "changed their policy." Heaven help me if any one of those three different people want to order bloodwork, tests, etc. Suddenly I'm in for a baseline $80, before extra testing or prescriptions. Why? Because someone decided they'd all get paid better if they instituted a "policy" that required a run-around for what should be a relatively simple appointment.

Our healthcare system makes me sick.
Feb. 14th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Hubby just cancelled a new rx because it costs $200 - we have a high deductible health savings plan that means we pay everything out of pocket until we hit the $10,000 maximum. It's the only plan we can afford while paying for a separate policy for the kid who's too old to be on the family plan but too poor to be able to afford his own insurance. Of course he's on a similar plan via "Healthy NY". One more small raise in his salary, and he'll then make too much money to qualify for THAT plan. It's a real fiasco.
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