Price Gouging Our Health to Death

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By Cheri Roberts of Challenging the Rhetoric and Cheri Speak

ObamaCare was the last big government promise of a universal healthcare in America however; forcing citizens to purchase what they couldn’t afford to begin with, under threat of penalty, is just nuts and somehow quite UNAmerican.

Current statistics from the Social Security Administration* (SSA) show that 51% of Americans are making less than $30K a year. The poverty line for a family of five is barely above this figure. Add to this brutal stew the fact that 40% of Americans aren’t working at all and it spells C-R-I-S-I-S.

The problem is so bad that some states, like Colorado, are trying to do something for their citizens on a State level. For instance, Colorado is proposing opting out of ObamaCare and executing a new single-payer health plan called ColoradoCare. According to a recent TruthOut article,

Proponents argue that ColoradoCare will mean better, more accountable care at a lower cost. Opponents, including the Koch brothers-funded Advancing Colorado, say it will be the Obamacare rollout on steroids. But by combining conservative irritation with the Affordable Care Act with liberal ambition toward universal coverage, it may actually have a chance in a purple state like Colorado.”

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In addition to mandatory insurance costs we are being gouged even further by the pharmaceutical industry. The recent outcry against Martin Shkreli, the founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, over an unwarranted and highly unethical price hike of an AIDS medication from from $13.50 per pill to $750.

In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything”, Shkreli claimed he had previously spoken with AIDS patients and that,

“ … none of them are hurt or will be hurt by the higher price.”

With what we know of today’s economy and near rampant poverty, it is doubtful Shkreli spoke with any qualified representatives of reality. Unfortunately the American pharma industry has little self-restraint or over-sight and that enables them to stick us with more than a hypodermic full of God only knows what.

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If that wasn’t enough to send our broke-ass corpses to Potter’s Field, add co-pays and an endless future of referrals so that they can collect that co-pay again and again. If you do not have insurance, you are going to pay even more and don’t even get me started on the hospital’s red blanket problems.

*The national average wage index (AWI) is based on compensation (wages, tips, and the like) subject to Federal income taxes, as reported by employers on Forms W-2. Beginning with the AWI for 1991, compensation includes contributions to deferred compensation plans, but excludes certain distributions from plans where the distributions are included in the reported compensation subject to income taxes.

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