My Saturday Thought

It is the weekend again and we are still in the grips of Covid-19 and the confusion that it has brought…..but I would like to take this opportunity to vent a small bit.

February of 2019 I was diagnosed with diabetes….never had it before but BAM! there it was…….a blood sugar of 800 and A1C of 18….thank God I have it under control for the most part but these days I still must take a shot of insulin once a day.

This is where I want to pick up with this post…the cost of insulin.

Anyone that watches the news knows that insulin prices are out of sight. I take Levemir at $120 per pen and Ozempic at $856 per 3 pens we get about 4 injections per pen.

The upside is once you make the co-pay then the price comes down to about $250 per month or so.

I gave you the info as a way to make my point about the rise in prices.

In 2009 the price (average) was about $80 for Levemir and a steady rise for over a decade.

Now the 2010 year….that was when the ACA was in effect and all the promises of good health was I reported in those days a pack of lies. Yes more people may be on the health care rolls….but at what price for those already fighting this disease?  And now another champion of the ACA will want to office…..what will that mean for the rest of us?

Was this revenge for the ACA making all eligible for adequate health care?

What will this pandemic do to prices?

We know the slugs within Big Pharma look for the ways to increase their profits while providing very little in return.

I agree with the Dems in Congress that are calling for action…..and along the lines of Medicare For All…..

Thousands of Americans have joined government watchdog Public Citizen in calling on Congress to open the Medicare federal healthcare program to anyone who loses health coverage due to job loss amid the coronavirus pandemic, as an estimated 3.5 million workers have so far.

More than 6,500 people have already signed the group’s petition urging lawmakers to open up Medicare to the unemployed as businesses across the country are forced to close to slow the spread of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. 

“With millions of people losing their jobs because of a pandemic, it’s both crazy and immoral for them to be stripped of health insurance,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “If we had a Medicare for All system, this kind of problem wouldn’t occur. But we can’t wait to win Medicare for All. The solution to this immediate problem is to enroll all unemployed people in Medicare.”

Millions are losing their health coverage….is it not about time for the Congress to grow a spine a demand that something be done?

A new study out Tuesday estimates that worker layoffs unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States have already caused more than 1.5 million people to lose their employer-provided health insurance in recent weeks, with another 5.7 million likely to become uninsured by the end of June.

With a total of 7.3 million newly uninsured American by this summer, the new research—titled “Intersecting U.S. Epidemics: COVID-19 and Lack of Health Insurance“—reveals the devastating consequences of a health system so heavily reliant on employer-based insurance, especially in the face of an unprecedented public health emergency like the current outbreak.

“Millions of Americans are newly vulnerable to financial catastrophe, as we face an epidemic of life-threatening illness,” said study co-author Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a primary care doctor, distinguished professor at Hunter College and lecturer at Harvard Medical School. “The COVID-19 epidemic highlights the folly of tying health coverage to jobs. Our health care system saddles people with medical bills when they’re least able to afford them because they’ve been laid off or are too sick to work. Health insurance in the U.S. is like an umbrella that melts in the rain.”

At least someone is doing something in the Congress……or at least trying……

As the number of Americans without health insurance continues to rise rapidly due to ongoing mass layoffs across the nation, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Friday introduced emergency legislation that would empower Medicare to cover all healthcare costs for the uninsured and all out-of-pocket expenses for those with insurance for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

“Our broken healthcare system is failing to protect millions of Americans from the coronavirus pandemic,” Jayapal, a Washington Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement. “Now more than ever, we need to take bold action to prevent more Americans from getting sick or dying.”

If passed, the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act (pdf) would take effect immediately and remain in place until the Secretary of Health and Human Services certifies to Congress that a Food and Drug Administration-approved coronavirus vaccine is widely available to the U.S. public.

Time to act!

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4 thoughts on “My Saturday Thought

  1. I have mentioned this before, but it merits mentioning again. Under the UK NHS system, drugs and treatment for ALL diabetics is free of charge. Totally, whatever your age, whether Type 1, or Type 2.
    You badly need a system like ours.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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