Before I get into my rant, I would like to emphasize, underline and enthusiastically state that I love the United States of America!
As a non-american born person who has made a life here, I am aware that living here is a privilege and not my birthright (FYI I have paid a shitload of money to immigration for this privilege).
Even though I consider America my home, there are times where I feel more like a “guest” rather than a resident.
Because of my “immigrant insecurity” I tend to avoid commenting on or engaging in heated domestic political discussions (trumpland etc) or other uniquely American issues.
But don’t let my silence fool you – I assure you I am very opinionated. It’s just really hard to have people take you seriously in the USA discussions when your voice doesn’t even sound American:
“Them sounds coming out your mouth tell me you are not from around here…conversation OVER!”. (I feel Melania Trumps pain!)
(*note: if I over-pronounce my “R’s” and talk REALLY SLOWLY I can almost pull off an American accent)
Anyway, in spite of my perceived guest status I am the mother of American humans and because of that I feel entitled to share my opinion today. Uncle Sam has got me down!!
My middle child (5) has life threatening food allergies. When he was 2 years old he almost died after nibbling on a cashew nut.
(Unless you have seen an anaphylactic reaction it’s impossible to describe. In short, people can go from alive to dead in a matter of moments)
Tree nut allergies get worse every time you are exposed, so since he was 2 he has not left this house without his little bag containing 2 life saving EpiPens. Every 12 months the epinephrine degrades and expires so the pens have to be replaced.
Our pens expire next month so today I took him for a checkup and to get a prescription renewal.
Well we didn’t get our new EpiPens today, because we didn’t have a spare $300+ dollars to account for the price increase that pharmaceutical company Mylan shafted us (the consumer of life saving product) with and our health insurance isn’t paying for.
It’s corporate greed revealed at its most revolting level – and it feels very American. The soul less, unethical executives at Mylan have got to be accrewing some seriously shitty karma points for making a LIFE SAVING drug unafforable for the “average American”.
I guess in order to run a billion dollar empire you have to be ruthless, unethical at times and willing to enforce the hard decisions – like making life saving medication unafforable for a kid who would die without it – in order to boost profits.
(So wait – remind me again who is President?)
I will post part 2 of my rant tomorrow and hopefully have some good news to report as far as sourcing a generic & affordable version of the EpiPens for our son.
It’s the first time I’ve missed living in a country that has “free” healthcare: if we were there we wouldn’t have to be stressed about sourcing this medication because it is subsidized by the government.
HAVING SAID THAT, the cost of “free” healthcare means that you live with the governments hand up your backside (think puppet). No thankyou sir!
I love living in a country with freedom of speech and a concept of civil liberties.
I am just not loving capitalism tonight.