prescription drug costs

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Healthcare and Health Insurance are not the same thing, but for some reason, people use them interchangeably. The assertion most often heard is that a change or removal in the ACA/Obamacare, even though it’s imploding all on its own since every insurance company ditched it, will mean people will DIE. The problem with that assertion is that you can get healthcare without insurance. Kind of like how you can go to a Dentist or an Optometrist without a dental or vision plan from your employer. 

But it’s so expensive and people will have to chose between food or medicine! Well fuck! Good thing there are payment plan, debt consolidation agencies, and other services where you can have your costs forgiven if you happen to be that damned poor… But they don’t tell you about that do they? They don’t make it easy, either. In fact, it’s almost like hospitals and doctors and pharmaceutical companies are actively antagonistic towards citizens.

All insurance does, in a really simply reductive sense, is take little bits of money from you in advance, and on a regular basis, adds them to one large pool, and then allows you to use a bit of that money to pay off otherwise insanely high costs that a hospital visit or prescription drug will cost you, assuming you meet some specific criteria, and even then it’s only going to pay for some of the treatment, regardless of how much or how little you’ve paid into your insurance policy. 

The reason people believe they will die without Obamacare comes from a misguided belief that they won’t be able to afford their medications or treatments without insurance.. But let’s back the fuck up and identify the real problem. It’s not that people need insurance. The problem is that healthcare is grossly overpriced. It’s that a single ambulance ride and one night a hospital where they’ll give you some aspirin, a saline drip, and a shitty bed to sleep on can cost $10,000 or more. It’s that some medications can cost hundreds of dollars per pill. 

While insurance companies do create a wide variety of problems that need to be addressed and rectified, there’s a more concerning issue to be addressed in the reality that we’ve become complacent with the idea that the healthcare industry is fucking broken, overpriced, and just plain fucked up, and now we’re squabbling over what kind of band-aid we want to put on it.

The reality is that strict Government regulations and licensing systems have contributed to the hyperinflation of the healthcare system. It’s become infinitely harder for people to become Doctors and it’s arbitrary limitations that keep Doctors from other countries to practice medicine in the United States. Likewise, pharmaceutical companies apply absurd costs in part because of heavy regulatory restrictions hindering the research and production of certain medications, and partly because they know that they can drain huge amounts of money from insurance companies if they overprice their medication.

This isn’t entirely unlike the problem with the minimum wage.People have begun demanding more money, but they aren’t backing up and asking why everything is so goddamned expensive in the first place. They don’t ask why so much of their paycheck is going to taxes, or why there’s so many different fees and licenses and stickers and tolls and more taxes. Why are homes so overpriced, even when the buildings are half a century old and haven’t been renovated once since they were built? Why are landlords overcharging for shitty one-room apartments? 

People have given up and accepted that this is just how things have to be, but at the same time, they go ahead and complain that the city isn’t using their money right. They tax and tax and tax, but the schools are always underfunded, the roads are always falling apart, the underlying infrastructure of the entire city is fucking toxic, and the solution people have been tricked into obsessing over is that they just need more money from other people so they can afford to throw away their money to a broken system that made them poor in the first place.

Perhaps it’s just that people don’t know any better. “Fight for 15″ is just so much catchier, and saying “Trump is literally killing me!” carries so much more weight and impact than saying, “We’ve let bureaucratic corruption and wide-ranging regulatory incompetence deeply damage our economy, our housing market, and our healthcare system!” but none of that changes the fact that the current discussions being had and being promoted by the same politicians who helped fuck everything up in the first place, and regardless of which side scores the most imaginary victory points, the problems of hyperinflated costs, taxes, and fees will persist.

washingtonpost.com
Clinton proposing $250 monthly cap on prescription drug costs for patients
The proposal is part of Clinton’s program to alter and expand the Affordable Care Act.
By https://www.facebook.com/anne.gearan

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing a $250 monthly cap on the amount patients with chronic and serious medical problems would have to pay out of pocket for prescription drugs as a way to reduce the effect of skyrocketing drug prices on consumers.

via Washington Post.

Hillary Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescription Drug Costs

Hillary Clinton Proposes $250 Monthly Cap on Prescription Drug Costs

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Hillary Rodham Clinton thrashes Martin Shkreli, the man who purchased the rights of Daraprim, an AIDS drug, for $55 million dollars. 

Martin Shkreli raised the price of the drug form $13.50 per tablet to $750 per tablet. 

Hillary called out Martin Shkreli’s behavior and proposed a $250 monthly cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs to stop what she called “price gouging” by pharmaceutical companies. 

When all of Hillary’s proposals on every issue are taken into consideration, they are the most comprehensive and progressive of any candidate to date. Sorry Bernie. 

Yet everyone just wants to talk about her e-mails.
Our media is scary.

Thank You Hillary!!

Today, I endorsed Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I know that some of you will be disappointed with that decision. But I believe that, at this moment, our country, our values, and our common vision for a transformed America, are best served by the defeat of Donald Trump and the election of Hillary Clinton.

You should know that in the weeks since the last primary, both campaigns have worked together in good faith to bridge some of the policy issues that divided us during the election. Did we come to agreement on everything? Of course not. But we made important steps forward.

Hillary Clinton released a debt free college plan that we developed together which now includes free tuition at public colleges and universities for working families. This was a major part of our campaign’s agenda and a proposal that, if enacted into law, would revolutionize higher education in this country.

Secretary Clinton has also publicly committed to massive investments in health care for communities across this country that will increase primary care, including mental health care, dental care, and low-cost prescription drug access for an additional 25 million people. Importantly, she has also endorsed the enactment of a so-called public option to allow everyone in this country to participate in a public insurance program. This idea was killed by the insurance industry during consideration of President Obama’s health care program.

During the Democratic platform proceedings in St. Louis and Orlando, we were victorious in including amendments to make it a clear priority of the Democratic Party to fight for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage, expand Social Security, abolish the death penalty, put a price on carbon, establish a path toward the legalization of marijuana, enact major criminal justice reforms, pass comprehensive immigration reform, end for-profit prisons and detention facilities, break up too-big-to-fail banks and create a 21st century Glass-Steagall Act, close loopholes that allow big companies to avoid taxes by stashing their cash in offshore tax havens and use that revenue to rebuild America, approve the most expansive agenda ever for protecting Native American rights and so much more.

All of these progressive policies were at the heart of our campaign. The truth is our movement is responsible for the most progressive Democratic platform in the history of our country. All of that is the direct result of the work that our members of the platform committee did in the meetings and that you have been doing over the last 15 months.

But none of these initiatives will happen if we do not elect a Democratic president in November. None! In fact, we will go backward. We must elect the Democratic nominee in November and progressive Democrats up and down the ballot so that we ensure that these policy commitments can advance.