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High Costs For Insulin Force Daughter To Ration, Split Medication With Father | Megyn Kelly TODAY


>>>WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE.>>>WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE. IMAGINE NEEDING A MEDICATION IN IMAGINE NEEDING A MEDICATION IN ORDER TO STAY ALIVE. ORDER TO STAY ALIVE. NOW IMAGINE IT COSTS HUNDREDS OF NOW IMAGINE IT COSTS HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR JUST A SMALL DOSE. DOLLARS FOR JUST A SMALL DOSE. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? WHAT WOULD YOU DO? THAT IS THE LIFE AND DEATH THAT IS THE LIFE AND DEATH STRUGGLE FACED BY THE FAMILY STRUGGLE FACED BY THE FAMILY YOU’RE ABOUT TO MEET. YOU’RE ABOUT TO MEET. NOW THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING NOW THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. ABOUT IT. WATCH THIS. WATCH THIS.>>YOU HAVE TO HAVE CONTROL OVER>>YOU HAVE TO HAVE CONTROL OVER EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE. I MEAN, YOUR DIET, YOUR I MEAN, YOUR DIET, YOUR EXERCISE. EXERCISE. BASICALLY YOU HAVE TO BE OKAY BASICALLY YOU HAVE TO BE OKAY WITH NEEDLES. WITH NEEDLES.>>PATTY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH>>PATTY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES AT 16. DIABETES AT 16.>>MY MONITOR WILL SEND MY BLOOD>>MY MONITOR WILL SEND MY BLOOD DPLUK DPLUK GLUCOSE TO MY PUMP. GLUCOSE TO MY PUMP.>>HER INSULIN CO-PAY WENT FROM>>HER INSULIN CO-PAY WENT FROM $125 TO $550 A MONTH, A HUGE $125 TO $550 A MONTH, A HUGE FINANCIAL STRAIN ON HER FAMILY. FINANCIAL STRAIN ON HER FAMILY.>>IT WAS A VERY EMOTIONALLY>>IT WAS A VERY EMOTIONALLY TENSE TIME. TENSE TIME. ALL OF US WERE ON EDGE. ALL OF US WERE ON EDGE. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHERE I WOULD GET WE DIDN’T KNOW WHERE I WOULD GET MY NEXT LITTLE BATCH OF INSULIN. MY NEXT LITTLE BATCH OF INSULIN.>>HER DAD, RUSS, IS ALSO A>>HER DAD, RUSS, IS ALSO A DIABETIC. DIABETIC. MEDICARE WAS COVERING ABOUT 50% MEDICARE WAS COVERING ABOUT 50% OF HIS INSULIN COST. OF HIS INSULIN COST. THE FAMILY MADE A DIFFICULT THE FAMILY MADE A DIFFICULT DECISION. DECISION.>>WE HAD LIFESAVING MEDICINE IN>>WE HAD LIFESAVING MEDICINE IN THE REFRIGERATOR AND WE GAVE IT THE REFRIGERATOR AND WE GAVE IT TO OUR LAW. TO OUR LAW. WE BROKE THE LAW. WE BROKE THE LAW.>>I WAS SIPHONING OFF MY DAD’S>>I WAS SIPHONING OFF MY DAD’S SUPPLY AND USING LESS. SUPPLY AND USING LESS. I WAS PURPOSEFULLY ALLOWING I WAS PURPOSEFULLY ALLOWING INSULIN TO RUN HIGH SO IT WOULD INSULIN TO RUN HIGH SO IT WOULD LAST LONGER. LAST LONGER.>>HER INSULIN MEDICATION CAME>>HER INSULIN MEDICATION CAME FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE. FROM AN UNLIKELY SOURCE.>>THE DAUGHTER OF ONE OF MY>>THE DAUGHTER OF ONE OF MY FRIENDS PASSED AWAY. FRIENDS PASSED AWAY. SHE WAS A TYPE 1 DIABETIC. SHE WAS A TYPE 1 DIABETIC. SHE LEFT BEHIND INSULIN, PUMP SHE LEFT BEHIND INSULIN, PUMP SUPPLIES, TESTING STRIPS, SUPPLIES, TESTING STRIPS, EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING.>>SHE KNEW THE STRUGGLE WE WERE>>SHE KNEW THE STRUGGLE WE WERE HAVING THAT YEAR. HAVING THAT YEAR. SHE SAID TAKE IT HOME FOR SHE SAID TAKE IT HOME FOR HATTIE. HATTIE. THAT’S THE INSULIN THAT KEPT THAT’S THE INSULIN THAT KEPT HATTIE ALIVE THE REST OF THE HATTIE ALIVE THE REST OF THE YEAR. YEAR.>>INSULIN TO A TYPE 1 DIABETIC>>INSULIN TO A TYPE 1 DIABETIC IS EQUIVALENT TO WATER, OXYGEN. IS EQUIVALENT TO WATER, OXYGEN. I MEAN, THIS IS BASICALLY THE I MEAN, THIS IS BASICALLY THE AIR THAT I BREATHE. AIR THAT I BREATHE. WITHOUT IT, I DIE. WITHOUT IT, I DIE.>>PLEASE WELCOME HATTIE AND HER>>PLEASE WELCOME HATTIE AND HER PARENTS, DIANE AND RUSS SALZMAN. PARENTS, DIANE AND RUSS SALZMAN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. HERE. THERE HAD TO BE A LEVEL OF THERE HAD TO BE A LEVEL OF DISBELIEF EVEN AT YOUR YOUNG AGE DISBELIEF EVEN AT YOUR YOUNG AGE YOU ARE FACING THIS KIND OF COST YOU ARE FACING THIS KIND OF COST AND THIS AVAILABILITY OF A AND THIS AVAILABILITY OF A LIFESAVING MEDICATION. LIFESAVING MEDICATION.>>HONESTLY, I THINK IT’S EVEN>>HONESTLY, I THINK IT’S EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE THIS THING IS MORE INCREDIBLE THIS THING IS HAPPENING RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES HAPPENING RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES IN AMERICA. IN AMERICA. YOU WOULD THINK AMERICA WOULD BE YOU WOULD THINK AMERICA WOULD BE ON TOP OF THIS. ON TOP OF THIS. THAT’S KIND OF THE IMPRESSION THAT’S KIND OF THE IMPRESSION PEOPLE HAVE OF THIS COUNTRY. PEOPLE HAVE OF THIS COUNTRY.>>YOU ADMIT, YOU HAD TO BREAK>>YOU ADMIT, YOU HAD TO BREAK THE LAW TO STAY ALIVE. THE LAW TO STAY ALIVE.>>WE’RE CALLING IT CIVIL>>WE’RE CALLING IT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE RIGHT NOW. DISOBEDIENCE RIGHT NOW.>>I LIKE THAT BETTER.>>I LIKE THAT BETTER.>>SO WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT?>>SO WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT IT? WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?>>I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT>>I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN THING IS CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND WRITE THEM. AND WRITE THEM. YOU NEED TO BE ABSOLUTELY YOU NEED TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE PEOPLE YOU’RE CERTAIN THAT THE PEOPLE YOU’RE VOTING INTO OFFICE KNOW WHAT’S VOTING INTO OFFICE KNOW WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU. IMPORTANT TO YOU. WE’RE ASKING FOR PEOPLE TO FIND WE’RE ASKING FOR PEOPLE TO FIND THIS ISSUE IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THIS ISSUE IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OF US THAT ARE THERE ARE SO MANY OF US THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM THIS. SUFFERING FROM THIS.>>THE ONLY WAY YOU GET YOUR>>THE ONLY WAY YOU GET YOUR COST DOWN FROM 550 A MONTH TO COST DOWN FROM 550 A MONTH TO $25 IS YOU WENT OFF YOUR $25 IS YOU WENT OFF YOUR PARENTS — YOU WERE NO LONGER PARENTS — YOU WERE NO LONGER CLAIMED AS A DEPENDENT. CLAIMED AS A DEPENDENT.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>WHAT HAPPENED ONCE YOU DID>>WHAT HAPPENED ONCE YOU DID THAT. THAT.>>I WAS ABLE TO USE MY OWN>>I WAS ABLE TO USE MY OWN INCOME FOR TAX PURPOSES. INCOME FOR TAX PURPOSES. SO WHEN I WAS APPLYING FOR SO WHEN I WAS APPLYING FOR INSURANCE THROUGH THE INSURANCE THROUGH THE MARKETPLACE I QUALIFIED FOR ARE MARKETPLACE I QUALIFIED FOR ARE A TAX CREDIT WHICH COVERS MY A TAX CREDIT WHICH COVERS MY PREMIUM EVERY MONTH. PREMIUM EVERY MONTH.>>OKAY.>>OKAY. YOU HAD TO GET POORER, AS YOU HAD TO GET POORER, AS SOMEBODY WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY A SOMEBODY WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY A DEPENDENT. DEPENDENT. WE FIND ALL WAYS OF MANIPULATING WE FIND ALL WAYS OF MANIPULATING THE SYSTEM TO GET WHAT WE NEED. THE SYSTEM TO GET WHAT WE NEED. EVERYBODY DOES THAT IN HEALTH EVERYBODY DOES THAT IN HEALTH CARE. CARE. I CAN’T IMAGINE, DIANE, AS A I CAN’T IMAGINE, DIANE, AS A MOTHER, WHEN YOU’VE GOT MOTHER, WHEN YOU’VE GOT DIABETES, TWO BELOVED FAMILY DIABETES, TWO BELOVED FAMILY MEMBERS, AND YOU CANNOT AFFORD MEMBERS, AND YOU CANNOT AFFORD THE MEDICATION YOUR DAUGHTER THE MEDICATION YOUR DAUGHTER NEEDS TO STAY ALIVE. NEEDS TO STAY ALIVE.>>THAT’S MY CONCERN BECAUSE I>>THAT’S MY CONCERN BECAUSE I WAS COVERING HER WITH INSURANCE WAS COVERING HER WITH INSURANCE AND WITH THE INSURANCE I WAS AND WITH THE INSURANCE I WAS COVERING HER WITH, WITH MY COVERING HER WITH, WITH MY INCOME, WE HAD A DEDUCTIBLE THAT INCOME, WE HAD A DEDUCTIBLE THAT WAS TOO HIGH. WAS TOO HIGH. THAT’S WHY WE NOW COVER HER WITH THAT’S WHY WE NOW COVER HER WITH HER INCOME. HER INCOME. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHE GRADUATES WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHE GRADUATES COLLEGE AND GETS A JOB THAT HAS COLLEGE AND GETS A JOB THAT HAS AN INCOME. AN INCOME.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT. DOES IT GO BACK UP TO 550 A DOES IT GO BACK UP TO 550 A MONTH? MONTH?>>IT VERY WELL MAY.>>IT VERY WELL MAY. SOME OF MY FRIENDS, THEY HAVE SOME OF MY FRIENDS, THEY HAVE JOBS, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT’S JOBS, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT’S HAPPENING TO THEM. HAPPENING TO THEM.>>WHAT DID THAT FEEL LIKE FOR>>WHAT DID THAT FEEL LIKE FOR YOU, RUSS, IN THE MOMENT YOU YOU, RUSS, IN THE MOMENT YOU KNEW — YOU HAVE TYPE 1 DIABETES KNEW — YOU HAVE TYPE 1 DIABETES AS WELL. AS WELL. YOU KNOW YOUR DAUGHTER HAS GOT YOU KNOW YOUR DAUGHTER HAS GOT IT, THE MEDICATION IS TOO IT, THE MEDICATION IS TOO EXPENSIVE AND YOU GUYS START EXPENSIVE AND YOU GUYS START SHARING, RATIONING THE MEDS SHARING, RATIONING THE MEDS BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU. BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU.>>OUTRAGE.>>OUTRAGE. I WAS ANGRY. I WAS ANGRY. THE MORE I LOOKED INTO IT, THE THE MORE I LOOKED INTO IT, THE COST, SUDDEN INCREASES IN COST, SUDDEN INCREASES IN INSULIN AND ALSO OTHER DRUGS INSULIN AND ALSO OTHER DRUGS PEOPLE DEPEND ON, I BECAME EVEN PEOPLE DEPEND ON, I BECAME EVEN ANGRIER. ANGRIER. THE COST OF INSULIN BEARS NO THE COST OF INSULIN BEARS NO RELATIONSHIP TO MANUFACTURING RELATIONSHIP TO MANUFACTURING COST. COST. IT DOES NOT. IT DOES NOT. IT’S BEEN AROUND 100 YEARS, VERY IT’S BEEN AROUND 100 YEARS, VERY EASY TO PRODUCE. EASY TO PRODUCE. ELI LILLY KEEP TWEAKING PATENTS ELI LILLY KEEP TWEAKING PATENTS A LITTLE BIT SO THERE’S NO A LITTLE BIT SO THERE’S NO GENERIC. GENERIC.>>ALLOWS PRICES TO STAY UP.>>ALLOWS PRICES TO STAY UP. WE REACHED OUT TO ELI LILY. WE REACHED OUT TO ELI LILY. THE LIST PRICE, PEOPLE SHOULD THE LIST PRICE, PEOPLE SHOULD NOT PAY THOSE, BASED ON LOWERING NOT PAY THOSE, BASED ON LOWERING FOR iPS LUNN. FOR iPS LUNN. STAFFED WITH PHARMACISTS AND STAFFED WITH PHARMACISTS AND NURSES WHO HELP PEOPLE FIND NURSES WHO HELP PEOPLE FIND CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS TO MEET CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS TO MEET CIRCUMSTANCES. CIRCUMSTANCES. MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE HAVE USED MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE HAVE USED OUR HELP LINE TO MEANINGFULLY OUR HELP LINE TO MEANINGFULLY REDUCE WHAT THEY PAY AT THE REDUCE WHAT THEY PAY AT THE PHARMACY. PHARMACY. YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT. YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT.>>WE TRIED THAT.>>WE TRIED THAT. THEY DIDN’T HAVE HELP FOR US. THEY DIDN’T HAVE HELP FOR US.>>WE USED MANUFACTURING>>WE USED MANUFACTURING INCOMES. INCOMES. I APPLIED FOR A PROGRAM THAT I APPLIED FOR A PROGRAM THAT WOULD GRANT ME INSULIN EACH WOULD GRANT ME INSULIN EACH MONTH. MONTH. I WAS REJECTED BECAUSE OF I WAS REJECTED BECAUSE OF INSURANCE, DIDN’T TAKE INTO INSURANCE, DIDN’T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT DEDUCTIBLE, 550 CO-PAY. ACCOUNT DEDUCTIBLE, 550 CO-PAY.>>THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT CO-PAY.>>THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT CO-PAY.>>THEY LOOK AT YOU ON PAPER AND>>THEY LOOK AT YOU ON PAPER AND CHUCK YOU IN THE BIN. CHUCK YOU IN THE BIN.>>HAVEN’T WE ALL BEEN THERE,>>HAVEN’T WE ALL BEEN THERE, COLLEGE TUITION OR HEALTH COLLEGE TUITION OR HEALTH INSURANCE WHERE THEY DON’T LOOK INSURANCE WHERE THEY DON’T LOOK AT THE ACTUAL REAL LIFE AT THE ACTUAL REAL LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES. CIRCUMSTANCES. IT’S LIKE A ROBOT. IT’S LIKE A ROBOT. IT’S LIKE A COMPUTER THAT DOES IT’S LIKE A COMPUTER THAT DOES TAKE CALCULATION WITHOUT BEING A TAKE CALCULATION WITHOUT BEING A HUMAN. HUMAN. ALSO WITH US HERE IN THE ALSO WITH US HERE IN THE AUDIENCE, I WANT TO INTRODUCE AUDIENCE, I WANT TO INTRODUCE MELISSA SONG, AN MELISSA SONG, AN ENDOCRINOLOGIST. ENDOCRINOLOGIST. THE PROBLEM, HOW COMMON IS THIS? THE PROBLEM, HOW COMMON IS THIS? IT’S NOT JUST HATTIE’SES CASE, IT’S NOT JUST HATTIE’SES CASE, WHERE PEOPLE CANNOT GET THE WHERE PEOPLE CANNOT GET THE MEDICATION THEY NEED BECAUSE MEDICATION THEY NEED BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ON MEDICARE, THEY ARE NOT ON MEDICARE, MEDICAID, THE OPPOSITE WHEN MEDICAID, THE OPPOSITE WHEN YOU’RE OLDER. YOU’RE OLDER. HOW COMMON IS THIS? HOW COMMON IS THIS?>>UNFORTUNATELY IT’S MORE>>UNFORTUNATELY IT’S MORE COMMON THAN WE WANT. COMMON THAN WE WANT. DIABETES ITSELF IS EXTREMELY DIABETES ITSELF IS EXTREMELY COMMON AND IT AFFECTS 30 MILLION COMMON AND IT AFFECTS 30 MILLION AMERICANS. AMERICANS. TYPE 1 DIABETES, IN WHICH THE TYPE 1 DIABETES, IN WHICH THE INSULIN DOESN’T MAKE ENOUGH — INSULIN DOESN’T MAKE ENOUGH — THE BODY DOESN’T MAKE ENOUGH THE BODY DOESN’T MAKE ENOUGH INSULIN AFFECTS 1.25 MILLION INSULIN AFFECTS 1.25 MILLION AMERICANS. AMERICANS. INSULIN IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL INSULIN IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO LIFE, LIKE HATTIE WAS SAYING. TO LIFE, LIKE HATTIE WAS SAYING. SO WHAT INSULIN DOES, INSULIN IS SO WHAT INSULIN DOES, INSULIN IS MADE FROM THE PANCREAS. MADE FROM THE PANCREAS. IT HELPS PUSH THE BLOOD SUGAR IT HELPS PUSH THE BLOOD SUGAR FROM THE BLOOD STREAM INTO THE FROM THE BLOOD STREAM INTO THE MUSCLES AND OTHER TISSUES TO MUSCLES AND OTHER TISSUES TO PROVIDE ENERGY NEEDED FOR DAILY PROVIDE ENERGY NEEDED FOR DAILY LIFE. LIFE. SO SIMILAR TO HOW IF WE HAD A SO SIMILAR TO HOW IF WE HAD A NONFUNCTIONING DRAIN, WATER NONFUNCTIONING DRAIN, WATER WOULD BACK UP AND OVERFLOW FROM WOULD BACK UP AND OVERFLOW FROM A BATHTUB, IF SOMEONE DIDN’T A BATHTUB, IF SOMEONE DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH INSULIN — HAVE ENOUGH INSULIN –>>THEY AREN’T DEBATING WHETHER>>THEY AREN’T DEBATING WHETHER IT’S NECESSARY, THEY ARE IT’S NECESSARY, THEY ARE DEBATING WHETHER THEY SHOULD DEBATING WHETHER THEY SHOULD GIVE IT TO YOU AT A COST YOU CAN GIVE IT TO YOU AT A COST YOU CAN AFFORD. AFFORD. OBAMACARE, WE’VE TRIED TO REVAMP OBAMACARE, WE’VE TRIED TO REVAMP HEALTH CARE SO MANY TIMES, AND HEALTH CARE SO MANY TIMES, AND STILL HERE YOU ARE. STILL HERE YOU ARE. ARE YOU OKAY NOW? ARE YOU OKAY NOW?>>I’M OKAY NOW.>>I’M OKAY NOW. MY CO-PAY IS $25. MY CO-PAY IS $25. NEXT YEAR I HAVEN’T MADE ANY NEXT YEAR I HAVEN’T MADE ANY MORE MONEY THIS YEAR. MORE MONEY THIS YEAR. SO THEORETICALLY I’VE STILL GOT SO THEORETICALLY I’VE STILL GOT IT. IT.>>AS LONG AS YOU CAN STAY>>AS LONG AS YOU CAN STAY TOTALLY UNSUCCESSFUL IN YOUR TOTALLY UNSUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FUTURE, YOU’RE GOING TO BE FINE. FUTURE, YOU’RE GOING TO BE FINE.>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY. EXACTLY. EXACTLY. I WILL CONTINUE TO BE A NONPAID I WILL CONTINUE TO BE A NONPAID ACTIVIST. ACTIVIST.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT. WELL SAID. WELL SAID. A CIVILLY DISOBEDIENT NONPAID A CIVILLY DISOBEDIENT NONPAID ACTIVIST. ACTIVIST. IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. WAY. LISTEN, WE DID REACH OUT TO BLUE LISTEN, WE DID REACH OUT TO BLUE CROSS? CROSS? IS THAT YOUR INSURER? IS THAT YOUR INSURER? IS THAT WHY WE’RE REACHING OUT. IS THAT WHY WE’RE REACHING OUT.>>2017 PROFIT THIS WAS>>2017 PROFIT THIS WAS UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. OUR MISSION IS TO HELP PROMOTE, OUR MISSION IS TO HELP PROMOTE, RISING COSTS CHALLENGES, RISING RISING COSTS CHALLENGES, RISING SYSTEM AS A WHOLE HAS SYSTEM AS A WHOLE HAS CHALLENGES. CHALLENGES. WE’RE WORKING ON INNOVATIVE WAYS WE’RE WORKING ON INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CONTROL THE COST OF CARE. TO CONTROL THE COST OF CARE. FEEL BETTER? FEEL BETTER? FEEL BETTER? FEEL BETTER? YEAH. YEAH. ME NEITHER.

68 thoughts on “High Costs For Insulin Force Daughter To Ration, Split Medication With Father | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. I have the same freakin' problem, I used to take Lantus, the most effective for me, but I can no longer afford it because it's so expensive. I also take less of a dose to make it last. Then Republicans and other ignorant people are always talking about people on the system, being on the system sometimes is a means between life and death. I tried to get on the Sanofi assistance program just like this kid, I was denied at every level.

  2. I relate to this so much. I've been diabetic since I was 10 now going on 28. Switching from syringes to the pump is even more of a financial strain. Sometimes I don't know how I'm going to afford my medication.

  3. My husband has had Type 1 DM since he was 2 years old. We go through the same thing every month. Shame on the pharmaceutical companies!

  4. Maybe countries like France and Austria and Japan and Australia should team up and invade the US. And force them to be the country they could be.

  5. This is crazy. My dog has diabetes and he needs insulin twice a day and it’s super cheap to get for him. How can it be so inexpensive for him with no insurance and this girl is having such a hard time. Makes no sense!

  6. This should be a felony offense. These pharmaceutical companies are non-stop LETHALLY RUTHLESS!

    Social Security demands $100 withdrawal every month from fixed-income recipients for Medicare ($6,000 over 5 years) but the recipients NEVER received even a yearly physical nor ANY prescriptions because they couldn’t ever afford the deductible. They’re forced to pay $300 for a required neurology appt. just to buy a $20 prescription for Gabapentin to prevent seizures. They can’t afford it, so they flood the ER just to finally be able to access that one $20 prescription.

  7. Ditto. Type 1 since age 8. We need government funded #MedicareForAll like everyother developed nation on the planet Earth. The USA needs to get money out of politics. Polititions need to stop taking large donations from Big Pharma in exchange for doing their dirty work, and work for the people instead of corportations.

  8. Universal health care is possible. In Germany it works in favor for all. I hope someday it will happen for your country too. Live is hard enough as it is! Money needs to disappear out of politics and don’t let yourself be scared to believe that this is a bad idea. It’s only bad for rich people…

  9. In France the price of insuline is 11 euros ( 13 USD) for 40 doses … yet you can have it reimbursed ( so basically free) if you have a social insurance… which we all have … ummm I know, I know we are a stupid socialist country….

  10. IN Australia…. they have PBS……. Gov subsidises all people on low income…but I think for these life saving things they subsidise no matter what. TELL THE US TO BE MORE LIKE AUSTRALIA.

  11. its the same issue in Canada, and no one cares because as you say, they just don't give a s**t about anything. I loved Hattie's shirt, I own the same one, as I to am a type 1 diabetic

  12. The solution to the problem is to create a price floor and a price ceiling. It can't be sold for less than this amount and it also cannot be sold for more than this amount. Then let the distibuters compete to keep the price low. When you force fair competition the consumer wins. I worked in a pharmacy for over 15 years and I can tell you first hand how expensive medications are and that most drug companies do whatever they can to keep generic drugs limited because they can't make as much profit.

  13. If only she and her father were illegals who crossed over the border. They would have insulin served to them on a silver platter.

  14. I have 2 children with type 1 diabetes. We have high a deductible insurance plan on top of paying a huge weekly premium for health insurance.. The costs of their insulin, testing supplies, syringes, glucagon, and pump supplies are not hundreds but rather thousands of dollars. To be living in America and struggling to do whatever we have to do to keep these children alive at such high costs that it breaks our family is unfathomable. I have spoken to congressman and state legislators, to no avail. If anyone at all has a recommendation or an answer please let me know. We are willing to go to the ends of the earth for our children who have had this diagnosis since ages 6 and 9 and are now 20 and 17. Over the years the rise in costs to keep them safe, alive and well has dissolved our savings. We are willing to do whatever it takes to keep our children healthy. It just seems so wrong that our country offers free needles to heroin users at pharmacies yet we pay $150 for our diabetics needles. What is wrong with our system.?😔

  15. I know a coworker who’s on the same predicament. She also has type 1 diabetes which is hereditary. Type 2 is from unhealthy lifestyle. She has kids and her diabetes meds are like $600-700 a month. She said the medication she’s taking has no generic version. It treats her diabetes and nerve pain. We work for a large insurance company but our deductible is $2000. Plus, our health insurance only partially covers formulary brands. It’s more if you add your family members to your insurance. I tried to check to see if some of these drug discount card the doctor told me about will help her. It doesn’t. Not for her meds.

  16. Thank God I have dual citizenship and don't live in America. All medication is free for citizens in Kuwait governmental clinics and hospitals prices are also cheaper than U.S. for non-citizens.

  17. It is insane that people are forced to do this in the so-called greatest country in the world!!! A superpower where ppl have to do these things to get basic care! WTF

  18. 6 children. All 3 boys insulin dependent. 1 @ 2 yo. 1 @ 4 yo. 1 @ 10 yo. We didn’t whine. Medicaid (welfare) paid for it until each child could get insurance in their jobs. The one who got it at 2 is now 29. And we would give anything to only have to pay 550 a month. Per child it is 1200-1500 per month for all supplies. We were never denied care until Obamacare and or we moved to a blue state. Thank you libs! Sarc. 550 would be a huge relief. Quit whining. This is a scam show to create
    Sympathy for Obamacare which has only made insurance harder to get. Megan Kelly is a ridiculous person any more. She has lost all credibility. She’s no better than a Jerry springer or ricki lake.

  19. I am type 2 and have no insurance but get my insulin free or at a low cost. If u do the research u can find something in your own state, city. She is right u have to be poor to get the help.

  20. I don’t have diabetes, but I have a chronic lung disease and have to pay $200 a month for my medication to stay alive. I was deemed unemployable by our government so I am paying for my insurance premiums, my out of pocket and still have to pay $200 a month! That doesn’t include the $1,000 plus for doctor appointments a month

  21. I'm not diabetic, but prices for insulin here in Canada is far more affordable than in the US. Can you cross the border?

  22. In countries like Germany, France, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, this stuff is either cheap af or basically free. But many Americans don't like this idea, they call it communism. Lol.

  23. THE DARK S H A M E of AMERICA with so many people being routinely forced to decide between EATING or buying life-saving MEDICATION…
    This makes my BLOOD BOIL as the rich get richer while the poor get hungrier…

  24. This is a VERY common problem!!! I'm type one as well and although I have good insurance right now that wasn't always the case. AND in less than a year that is changing 🙁

  25. All medicine is sold over 1000% to
    other company's like Wal-Mart and
    Walgreens. And I'm sure there is a
    cure for cancer. With all the
    donations the cancer research
    gets every day. It's no wonder
    they haven't found a cure yet.
    This why there are some people
    that take meds, are living in
    alleys and on the streets shooting
    up drugs.

  26. I’m not diabetic, but my dog is and I completely get this. Insulin and supplies is so incredibly expensive, we have had to ration to make it last longer. It sucks because people and some animals need this to survive. They didn’t ask for this. It’s a pre-existing condition. I also have food allergies and it’s ridiculous how much more I have to pay because my body can’t process something. Today’s world and health care system is messed up.

  27. I was a gestational diabetic with my first pregnancy, I didn’t need insulin, but I can remember being dumbstruck about how expensive my test strips were. Everything in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industry is so corrupt!

  28. Yes insulin has gone up astronomically recently. My pharmacist said it’s the drug he’s seen most of his patients can’t afford. 😢

  29. Two of my daughters have epilepsy and we continue to struggle to purchase their medications. It’s extremely difficult for us and we have no one to help us.

  30. The only thing people have to do is support Trump in 2020, he will remove the garbage Obamacare and MAGA! am buying more stock in insulin drug companies.

  31. I see elderly people on medicade in long term care receive insulin daily and never had a problem being denied because of cost.

  32. I have a couple of family members who are on medicaid thanks to medicaid expansion but they can't make over 17,000 per yr or they lose coverage for their insulin. One had a job making 40k a year but insulin with her high deductible insurance coupled with the stress of her job exacerbated her health and caused such deterioration that it's better for her to work part time and be on medicaid. Also, most doctors and hospital systems have to accept Medicaid now thanks to the expansion, so she was able to keep her original primary doctor. The bills are always paid by the government with NO HASSLE, as opposed to private insurers whom were always trying to dump the cost on her. The only negative is that she has to wait a month longer for specialists, but if she had an emergency, ER bill is covered and she would be scheduled with one of their specialists ASAP. Government healthcare isn't perfect, but it's better than being subjected to the dehumanizing for profit denials of private insurers.

  33. No one pays for insulin in the UK, it is free at the point of demand. Also Trump is going to waste millions of a wall.

  34. No no no no.! Private industry is the only answer. Anything else is communist or that horrible socialism. I get to charge as much as the market can handle and have my own formula to know the answer for that. If people can't afford the insulin and get sick, have amputations, dialysis and go blind then they can go on welfare and the taxpayer can handle that. Now everybody get out of my way because I need to make a profit.

  35. We live in Bangalore India. I just paid the equivalent of $650 for 1 whole year of insulin for my dad!!!! In the cool RYZODEG insulin pens, too, not just vials !! That is right, SIX HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS FOR ONE WHOLE YEAR OF TOP NOTCH INSULIN. There is something absolutely broken with US Healthcare when this kid in this video is paying as much for 1 month as we are paying for 1 year (we got 25 pens for this price). Thanks for the coverage on this mass theft. Shocking !!!

  36. I just lost my friend and brother of 10 years to this very problem I started a petition on his behalf if anyone wouldn't mind signing https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/jordan-walker-cap?fbclid=IwAR3Zk4AunfppmsnsFCAxK6lSDuIaM2xNJfqL8l1YnqNBSJ-logYnD-OaFH4

  37. These con-artist lilly drug company says "were working on lowering" when in reality they are scamming people marking up the drug like $230 each bottle

  38. Insulin and insulin analogs are produced by genetically modified bacteria and yeast, it costs the pharmaceuticals pennies per gallon to produce. The only reason for this is pure greed.

  39. College age kids should seriously look at coming to Canada for university. Great schools . Cheaper even for international students. This would give access to over the counter cheap insulin and supplies . $35.00

  40. She's got dirt on her arm. Oh, wait, just another ugly tattoo. She can't afford insulin but has money for useless tattoos. Typical.
    So taxpayers now pay for her insurance. As a high earner I deserve a thank you for the excessive amount of taxes I pay. I have too much money so I'm not eligible for anything except paying more and more. I gotta find a better way to hide my money.

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