Almost every one of us knows someone who has or had cancer. Several decades ago most people diagnosed with cancer knew that it was a death sentence. Since that time many advances have been made in the treatments and cures of cancer. Many thousands of Americans today are cancer survivors thanks to modern medicine.
But that trend may end and thousands of Americans will again experience cancer as their death sentence thanks to Obamacare.
Under the provisions of Obamacare, some states like California are trying to defray the costs of specialty drugs used to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of other chronic and life-altering diseases. According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Gleevec, a commonly used cancer drug, could cost patients in California more than $2,000 per month. This is due to California requiring patients to pay up to 30% of the total cost of the drugs.
How many people can afford to pay an additional $2,000 or more for medications in today’s society? Yet, Rep Nancy Pelosi, the reigning idiot on Capitol Hill, still stands before audiences and tells them that Obamacare is making health care more accessible and more affordable.
New York is taking a different route with specialty drugs and placing a flat fee of $70 per month on them, but that also means the cost incurred by the state and the insurance companies is much higher than in the California. As more states look at the programs and try to determine what they are going to do, a number of analysts believe that more states will follow California’s example by laying more of the cost on the shoulders of the patients in order to keep their costs down.
Dana Howard, spokesman for Covered California tried to justify the high copays by saying;
"We are trying to keep the insurance affordable across the board. This is just part of trying to manage the overall risk of the pool."
Dan Mendelson, President of Avalere Health, a health care industry data analysis firm said that their studies indicate that 1 of every 4 cancer patients facing prescription copays of $500 or more, will leave the pharmacy empty handed. Commenting on the situation, Mendelson said:
"It's important that the benefit design not discriminate against people with chronic illness, and high copays do that."
"You have to worry about a world where if you happen to contract cancer or multiple sclerosis, you are stuck with a really big bill. It's going to be very important for states to take a long, hard look at their benefit design."
Brian Rosen, Senior Vice President of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society said:
"The intent of the Affordable Care Act is to make sure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. [There is a danger that the insurance marketplaces] will discriminate against the patients with the highest medical need. That would completely undermine the spirit of the ACA."
All I know is that it would cost my wife over $350 per month for health insurance and at the moment, I can’t find anyone to insure me because I am over weight and have type 2 diabetes. We started looking for health insurance over a year ago, and the closer to the full implementation of Obamacare we get, we find the premiums to be higher for less coverage. I’ve been told that after Jan. 1, 2014, all companies will have to offer me coverage, but no one has yet been able to tell me just how much that coverage is going to cost.
Obamacare is definitely making health care a lot more expensive, especially if you have cancer or any of the other chronic illnesses that require the specialty drugs. As it stands now, it looks like the outrageous costs of specialty drugs will result in more deaths to the people who can’t afford them. In other words, Obamacare will kill thousands of Americans who could otherwise survive and conquer their cancer by making the drugs unaffordable.
And I honestly believe that’s the intent of Obamacare. They don’t want to see so many sick people draining the resources, so they designed the system to force more of them to die sooner rather than later. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it!