Jun 14, 2010
In June the federal government began sending checks for $250 to seniors and the disabled who have fallen into the so-called doughnut hole. These people take medicines that cost far beyond what their insurance plans agree to cover. One brand name medicine for one month costs more than this tiny $250 check.
Very quickly those with brand named drugs go over the limit their health insurance has to pay. In 2010, seniors and the disabled with these drugs must pay $4,750 out of their own pockets before their health insurance so-called benefits come back to pay for drugs.
The politicians are busy congratulating themselves, led by the president. Claiming they have done something to improve health care costs, they remain willing to let people die in the name of private profit for the health care industry.
For those most in need of prescription drugs, a check for $250 is a slap in the face.