The profit margins imposed on American needing insulin are insane.
Quite a few people get sketchy insulin from Canada or other off-brand sources because the rates are so high.
Here's a quick peek at the sitch and the VALIANT struggle of a local lady who isn't afraid to call out local politicos on the topic . . . Check-it . . .
The CDC estimates 34 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. Of those, 1.6 million have type-1 diabetes—meaning diet and exercise can never solve the root of their disease. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the nation. Twenty-five percent of diabetics do what Hattie did—ration insulin because they can’t afford it.
That’s why Hattie says she was angry, but not surprised when senators blocked the insulin cap.
“They behaved exactly the way I expected them to,” said Hattie. “But it takes so much effort to even get this issue on their plate and then they toss it out. That’s insulting.”
The senators from Kansas and Missouri are all Republicans. Roger “Doc” Marshall and Jerry Moran from Kansas voted to block the cap, as did Roy Blunt of Missouri. Josh Hawley was among seven Republicans who joined with Democrats in voting for the cap, but it still fell short of the 60 needed to keep it.
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Hattie Saltzman was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 16 years old. She's 25 now, but she says living with type-1 diabetes is difficult. Insulin keeps her alive. But at various times in her life, she couldn't afford the medication.