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People are upset at the wrong actors. Be upset at your government and those around you for ... being perfectly OK with knowing every day, your own countrymen will die preventable deaths.
It's unfair to expect someone to act against their own self-interest. The self-interest of a business is to make money. If that business is selling insulin, don't be surprised when the price goes up. Nothing about the price of insulin should be surprising.
If an insulin selling business can't be expected to prevent people from dying from ... lack-of-insulin, who should prevent people from dying from lack-of-insulin?
We should! Our government should!
Governments exists to create order. A version of disorder is its citizens dying of preventable disease. Preventable means, the citizens could have collectively done something, but didn't. Collectively, we could agree to somehow figure out how to get what isn't a rare thing, insulin, into the hands of the people who need it.
If we cared enough.
Some other countries do care. They have laws that collect the money from everyone, pool it, then buy insulin in bulk, then redistribute it back out. Those who need it, get it. Collectively, they've agreed, that they would rather lose some of their money, so their countrymen don't die.
Many in the US do not care.
In this thread I see: "eat less carbs", "re-think your diet", "don't get sick." What is really being said is, "I value my money more then your life" or "I value the autonomy of a business more then many people's lives"
Which is the root of the problem, not the price of insulin.
I get that people make bad choices, and I also get many people don't want to pay for others mistakes; however, If we want to live in a nice society without needing armed guards everywhere, constantly stepping over homeless people, or being forever afraid of slipping through a crack into the bottom caste by losing a job (which is getting bigger everyday), as a country we will need to adjust our priorities.
Because raising the price of insulin is business as usual.
The cure for diabetes has already been discovered... let's stop giving big pharma all our money http://helpmebro.com/posts/2SfstdlxoK
This is one of many stories that dovetail into the depopulation agenda. If you are too stupid or old or poor to get sick, perhaps you should think about leaving to make things better for the rest of us. Do yourselves a big favor and check out the link provided. Spoiler Alert: it's intended to make you angry. What you do with that anger is up to you. https://drrichardday.wordpress.com/
Perhaps it is time to re-think your diet. Switching to a low-carb, grain free diet may be the answer.
And don't blame the pharma companies because you all voted for Obamacare...costs go up when gov't money is injected.
I don't know what's sadder, the cost of insulin or that you actually believe that Obamacare is responsible for these price hikes. If the American people weren't so easily duped we would have had single payer a long time ago - like the rest of the developed world. You do know that American's are being taken to the cleaners by the healthcare industry as a whole, right? Follow the money and you'll find that all of these giant corporations that duped you into thinking regulation is killing their business are making money hand over fist.
"Most professionals on the front lines blame the snowballing costs on the almost COMPLETE LACK OF REGULATION of pharmacy benefit managers."
You want to save money then cut out the middlemen ^^^ (hint: it's not the government). We think of insurance as something that is there to take care of us. Insurance companies see their job as maximizing shareholder value and insurance payouts as a business loss. These are not common goals ergo the insurance companies are working AGAINST the insured, not for the insured.
But thank God we have our wonderful two parties - one to pretend they want to fix the problem while the other ensures our freedom to choose which crappy insurance company makes a windfall off of our illnesses. [angry]
Is it really that hard to simply lower your carb intake? The Richard K Bernstein recommendation of 6-6-12 (in g's of carbs, three meals) works wonders for lowering your need for insulin...I went from 50 units of fast plus 150 slow to 10 units of fast only, BG never goes over 130, and the insulin brings it to 90 within 40 minutes...so simple, but ppl can't be separated from their carbs and sugars...
Good for you. I'm not you. Neither are the other gabazillion people in the US that need insulin. There's only one universal cure for disease and it's not lowering your carb intake.
Big pharma's slogan, "I got mine, the hel# with you".
The greed in the healthcare system is out of control.The CEO of the company that drastically increased the price of EpiPens got huge pay increases over the years, with her salary reaching nearly $19 million annually. According to filings reported by NBC News, Mylan Pharmaceuticals CEO Heather Bresch's yearly compensation rose from $2,453,456 in 2007 to $18,931,068 last year.http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/08/24/heather-bresch-ceo-mylan-got-671-pay-raise-while-hiking-price-epi-pens
Well, if Montana wasn't known for voting against it's own best interest, and falling behind every clownish politician who tells them what they want to hear, maybe, just maybe, Montana wouldn't be full of jobless, or low wage workers who get their information from right wing talking heads addicted to Oxycontin, or lufas.
Carolyn you hit the nail on the head
Thank you for taking the care to report on this issue. Americans should not have to choose between buy food or paying their mortgage and buying this life-sustaining medication.
People are taking extreme and sometimes shocking measures to maintain access to insulin. We have been asking people to send messages to the top three insulin manufacturers. It’s time to put pressure on those responsible for these price spikes. http://www.congressweb.com/RxRights/5
People dying and going broke, what is our GOP controlled congress doing about this crisis? They do not care they have great healthcare.
Well, This is one way of over-population Control...are you sure that Mike Garrity , of Wild Rockies Fame and the Anti-Human Enviros aren't behind all this????
"This borders on the unbelievable," (Professor) Davidson said, citing an extremely concentrated insulin which "in 2001 had the wholesale price of $45. By last year, the cost had skyrocketed to $1,447" for the same monthly supply."
"...increases having nothing to do with available supply and not matched elsewhere in the world".
""We don't know what the benefit manager is paying for the insulin from the pharma company. It's backroom deals," Hirsch said. "You can call them rebates, you can call them kickbacks, you can call them bribes, but those are secret deals on which we don't have the details."
These are called Non-Disclosure Agreements. It's how the so-called Free Market is really and truly a manipulated marketplace. Not free. No information is available for free market competitive practices because Congressmen such as Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke pass laws which allow Corporations to put blindfolds on everyone. That's no exageration... that's a fact. These same people talk about "Free Markets"... but that is just the opposite of what they intend.
How do they explain themselves?... that the United States of America has the most expensive health care in the world because of these fascist (no exageration there either)... fascist corporate governance policies.... They blame Obamacare.
This is the perfect marriage of capitalism and corporate run government. Benito Mussolini had NOTHING on these guys. ... what they really are is unspeakable. Steve Daines even more than Ryan Zinke is their boy... but Congressman Zinke als plays into their hands (perhaps more unwittingly).
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