Hello, I just had to add to the discussion. Due to my dad having been retired military, my mother has Tricare and she pays only a few dollars, relatively speaking, for her Tasigna.
I, on the other hand, am not fortunate enough to have Tricare. Or Medicare. Or a hefty income or savings. If I get leukemia, basically I die. Unless it's covered by some charity drug program, but really that should never have to happen at all.
Retail is about 90K a year.
How is that not just flat out illegal? These are wonderful medicines, and we are incredibly grateful for them.
However, the system is just plain criminal that so much money can be made off the backs of sick people. Obscene. Remember Pharma Bro? Obscene profits draw sociopaths like moths to a flame.
Many politicians are wealthy to start with, and they aren't in iminent danger of losing their health insurance. They have no idea what it means to struggle to pay a bill, or to choose between medicine and food, or to end up with no retirement because some greedy drug company demanded a ransom for your life. Some of them try to understand, and to do some good, but they are blocked politically and will continue to be until the American people stand up and hold accountable the people who are standing in the way.
I've never understood why we can't put partisanship aside and simply get about solving problems. There are working models all over the world that have been tested and proven. Surely one of them could inspire a model for ours.