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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.”