ALBA FAFAGLIA, San Clemente

In Mr. Cord Bauer’s recent Letter to the Editor, he states that “our economy is helping everyone, not just the rich.” Every time I hear this, I want to scream. 

President Donald Trump and his administration talk about the great economy, the strong stock market, but this President and his mostly male associates have done nothing for senior citizens.

I retired one month before my 70th birthday. I have had RA for 23 years and get infusions every eight weeks. Without these treatments, I would have a difficult time with even the most menial tasks, like turning the knob of a door.

Since I retired, my copays for treatments have skyrocketed. This month, the cost is almost $800. Medicare used to cover most of the cost, but now, under this administration, the infusion has been reclassified as a “specialty drug,” which puts me in the “doughnut hole.”  

Our Medicare Advantage is SCAN, an excellent company.

They gave me the phone number of a government assistance program that can help with high copays. I probably don’t qualify. We’re not poor, but we’re not rich, either, and $700 is a lot of money, even for wealthy people.

But I decided to call the number. You never know, right? I was placed on hold. My call would be answered in the order in which it was received, and there were 301 calls ahead of me. It was 4:30 in the afternoon.  I thought I must have heard wrong, so I dialed again, and now there were 302 calls ahead of me.

A lot of people, mostly seniors, apparently need help with copays. So, no, Mr. Bauer, this economy is not working for everybody.

The pharmaceutical companies have no restrictions. They can charge whatever they want, because they know people in need will pay it to stay alive. Profits are made from the suffering of others. 

There is a bill passed by the House of Representatives to rein in Big Pharma, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t even bring it up for a vote. Why? Whom does he represent? 

Not the people of his state of Kentucky, one of the poorest in the U.S. This economy is not working for the elderly, the infirm, the children, the most vulnerable of the society.

And to quote Mahatma Ghandi, “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

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  • Dear Ms. Fafaglia,

    I’m very sorry to hear about your issues with the health industry, and I absolutely know that there’s a “doughnut hole’ that needs to be closed. I’d actually venture to guess that having a chance to change our health care system was one of the main reasons why Donald Trump was elected. My family saw our medical insurance more than double during the Obama years, with services reduced and the deductible rising.

    On a good note, over the past year I’ve taken my father to three different VA hospitals (Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills and Oceanside). The staff was prompt and the service was all very good. I’m sure not all VA’s work as well, but I was gratified to see that our vets are being treated properly.

    There is no easy answer for the health care industry, but as Thomas Sowell said, “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” I hope we are getting back to something that works.

  • Oh Good Lord I had to laugh at the last letter. Did Mr. Bauer just write that Trump was elected to fix health care? LOL. Well maybe so. I guess some folks were “trusting” enough to actually believe Trump actually would do anything at all for health care. If so, once again, hope triumphs over experience. Trump is a moron. He has famously always been a moron. I’m from NYC, we have lived with generations of moron Trumps, it’s a thing. Of course the ACA needs repair, what current US legislative scheme has not needed repairs over time? Name one.

    Trump wants to kill the ACA and the cult of Trump (the formerGOP) has no idea what to do next. Not-to-worry, Trump only cares about whats in it for him. Send the Congressionally ordered money so you can stop the occupying Russians from continuing to kill our citizens,? well….”I want you to do us a favor though”…..

    Mrs. Fafaglia—-I am with you and my vote is going for folks I am certain care for the less fortunate, not for the former reality TV , BK dummy Big mouthed liar that the got the job with Russian help per 17 of our intel agencies…..

    Bud!.

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