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Sat Jun 10, 2017, 02:11 PM

 

Everyone Understands We Are Being Robbed Right?

My wife's prescription cost under $10 overseas for the same bottle by the same manufacturer that costs over $100 here.

This is only one example. Imagine how much cheaper healthcare would be if the "owners" weren't profiting on every single pill, test, or procedure? The list goes on, and on, and on. What we pay for "service" compared to the rest of the world for better service is sickening. Cable, phone, internet etc.

We are being robbed by monopolies. And worst thing is these monopolies don't pay squat in corporate income tax, and their shareholders don't pay squat, even if they cash in their dividends. Capital gains versus income.

We, us working fools are being robbed every time we turn around.

Agree?

What can we do about it?

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Reply Everyone Understands We Are Being Robbed Right? (Original post)
All-In Jun 2017 OP
sweetapogee Jun 2017 #1
angstlessk Jun 2017 #2
Lilly52 Jun 2017 #3
onethatcares Jun 2017 #4
TheDebbieDee Jun 2017 #5
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2017 #6
Yonnie3 Jun 2017 #9
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2017 #10
kacekwl Jun 2017 #7
MurrayDelph Jun 2017 #8
DFW Jun 2017 #11
MiddleClass Jun 2017 #12

Response to All-In (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 02:19 PM

1. what we can do about it is

move to the country with the least expensive prescription drugs. Let the US suffer without us.

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Response to sweetapogee (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 02:38 PM

2. Hell yes, if we can afford to...

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Response to sweetapogee (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 02:39 PM

3. What about those that are for whatever reason, I can think of several unable to do this?

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Response to sweetapogee (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 02:40 PM

4. i don't think that can happen

there are too many of us that have roots here. Family, jobs, homes, land and all of that. The problem is, our representatives have a second stream of income that has nothing to do with what they are supposed to be doing for us.

What we have to do is become citizens and force our reps to honor our wishes, not the Koch bros, or the pharma conglomerate.

But too many of us are sweating out eating day to day to hit the streets in protest.

They got us right where they want us........Don't even get me going on the 'rent it society"

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Response to All-In (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 03:59 PM

5. What we need are Congressmen and Senators that will not shirk their responsibilites

 

of regulating and legislating controls over industries...

30 years of PAC money in our political campaigns have resulted in Congressmen and Senators who won't question this industry and won't regulate that industry.

A couple of months ago, my Sen Claire McCaskill sent out a tweet complaining about the high prices of prescription drugs. I replied to her tweet that she was one of the 100 people that Americans elected to DO SOMETHING about it!

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Response to All-In (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 04:02 PM

6. "... their shareholders don't pay squat, even if they cash in their dividends."

I am guessing you do not own stock. Dividends are taxable. Companies send out a 1099-DIV in January. Dividends are reported on Form 1040 Schedule B.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040sb.pdf

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 04:35 PM

9. Taxable at a much lower rate than most other income. nt

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 07:57 PM

10. You are correct. NT

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Response to All-In (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 04:04 PM

7. Why on earth can't we buy online from other countries ?

Same drug same manufacturers.

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Response to All-In (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 04:30 PM

8. I feel your pain

(literally).

There is a topical NSAID gel I use, that my old insurance (before it went out of business thanks to Marco Rubio bankrupting the health co-ops) used to cover with *only* a $50 co-pay at Costco.

They sell it on the shelves (no prescription required) in Canada for between $12 and $18 *Canadian*, depending on size.

(Luckily for me, I live in northern Oregon, and can go visit fairly easily).

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Sat Jun 10, 2017, 08:04 PM

11. Go to, and film, town halls wherever you hear of one being held, maybe?

That idiot from Idaho would never have made the Republican Party such a laughing stock with his "nobody ever died from a lack of access to health care" if that town hall hadn't been filmed, the audience jeering, and the guy's stupid statement being seen around the world. Now it is (or should be) a part of the media arsenal of EVERY Democrat challenging an incumbent Republican member of the House (or trying for an empty/up-for-grabs seat).

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Response to All-In (Original post)

Sat Jun 10, 2017, 08:46 PM

12. Big Pharma is ripping Americans off

After 13 years in the job I got MS, my Betaseron was 1850 dollars, a month, but my co-pay was only 10 dollars.

Fast forward seven years, my company finally got me out. Medicare did not have prescription drug coverage. Within five years. I was a quadriplegic, when George Bush passed this prescription drug bill for Medicare the cost of my drug Avonex (replacement for Betaseron) was 768 dollars a month, which I couldn't afford and then it went up to 1826 dollars a month with Medicare paying 200 and me paying the rest.

Obviously, I still could not afford it.

So now I still can't afford the drug that was slowing down the progression of my disease. I just hope someone else doesn't go through what I did. This should change.

The only way is to get money out of politics

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