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Jun. 1st, 2017 01:56 pm
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Sitting in a Subway deep in the bowels of the Library of Congress and feeling sorry for myself. This was the best food I could locate onsite and the photocopier's out of paper. What's really depressing me, though, is the seven hundred bucks plus I had to shell out this morning for a replacement Byetta pen (one of my diabetes medications). I tried hard to keep the second pen I'd brought safely cold, using a fridge bag and ziploc bags of ice in between hotel rooms (the condensation soaked everything in the carry-on!), but was finally defeated by a malfunctioning fridge in Cornwall. There was no choice but to replace it. We have travel insurance which I pray to heaven will cover it. The cost was bad enough, but more than that, I think what struck me like a truck was the danger that price tag represents, the uncaring coldness, the contempt. This is what Americans, uniquely in the developed world, face as a matter of routine: the knowledge that they are not considered worth keeping alive. My mother-in-law barely batted an eyelash; an epipen for your child will cost you more.

ETA: The heartbreaking A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance (thanks, [personal profile] hnpcc) describes the needless death of an American diabetic who didn't have the money for that month's insulin. It echoes something I was saying to Jon in response to the sticker shock - that this isn't a nation any more. There but for furious protest goes Australia.

Date: 2017-06-02 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Yep. I don't know if you saw this story but it left me both very sad and extremely appalled that someone could die for lack of insulin in the wealthiest country on the planet.

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