I have a much loved cousin in America who has spent a fair bit of time in hospital over the last few years and her recovery was touch and go. Her medications after hospital were/are not cheap. I have a Dear friend currently in hospital in America and I know that her consultations with her doctor prior to hospital cost a fortune. Not only that but she has a condition that requires medication every day of her life which can’t be missed.
I also hear that many Americans who take medication on a regular basis try to miss things from their prescriptions they think they can do without and also take to cutting tablets in half to make them go further. I know there will be some people who think them fools as obviously if a medication is prescribed it must be needed. But it needs to be acknowledged by everyone that there are some people in America with very limited incomes who must try and set priorities on just how to use that income.
I was pleased to hear that one of the election promises of Joe Biden was to legislate it so that Medicare could negotiate directly with Big Pharma on the price of prescription goods. Despite there being so many drug companies in America they set the prices which are MUCH greater than those charged to the rest of the World. As this was a Democrat proposal and the Democrats having the advantage of numbers with a deciding vote going to the Vice President, you would expect this bill to be a walkover. Especially as it has a high approval rating amongst the voters who have suffered these high charges for many years. And that approval is from both sides of the Political spectrum.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee however failed to adopt the Democrats plan. This is not as you might expect a Republican majority voting it down, this is primarily due to three Democrats, Reps. Kathleen Rice of New York, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, and Scott Peters of California—who all voted no. The reason for this is simple, on top of the generous salary they receive from the Government, which actually means you the people, they also receive thousands of dollars a year in ‘Contributions’ from none other than Big Pharma. So these three, along with any Republicans who voted No, are placing their own interests above those of their constituents. As I’ve said before. No-one can work for two masters as there will be clashes of interest. I wish these people could be recalled and dropped by the party but as it is there will be elections next year and my hope is that these politicians will be voted out and replaced by Democrats who will vote yes.
A number of years ago before President Obama won his first election I had a friend with whom I used to discuss things. He was not a Democrat so the discussions became quite heated over Obamacare. He told me the country would never accept communist ways. Despite my pointing out that the UK is not a communist country and that our NHS provides cradle to grave care for the population he opined that ‘his’ people don’t like things for free. The NHS is not free. We pay for it as part of our taxes. What is different is that it’s not for profit, so our medical care is not dictated by insurance companies who can say our policies don’t cover full care or money will end before treatment has finished. We don’t need to put money into shareholders hands. America these days is the kind of country that would benefit from being able to offer care to the population that doesn’t depend on income or providing shareholders profits. This is of course just my opinion based on the difficulties experienced by those I care about. But, the dark money accepted by politicians is spoiling so many things and should be stopped. If the people pay you, you work for them and to their benefit. If not, you should walk.
Keep your hugs handy, people need them. Jill Dennison could do with a few please.