The Observer, January 20, 2014
by Cheryl Simpson, La Grande
To the Editor:
Happy New Year, Cheryl, from your Prescription Drug Plan (Part D Medicare), “We will provide you with a temporary supply (one month) of your prescription eye drops. We strongly encourage you to check with your doctor to see if you can take the following alternative drug that is on our formulary.”
Just like last year, another long, drawn-out process between my doctor, Part D and me. Part D paid hardly anything in 2013.
This is all part of the insurance industry’s systematic effort to find the best way to limit — or deny — coverage and maximize profits.
The Affordable Care Act says insurers can’t turn anyone away, even people who are sick. Did you know that some companies have found a way out of having to provide services to very sick people?
Offer drug coverage too limited for people with expensive conditions, which means the people that are sick and need health care are made to suffer even more trying to find health insurance coverage that meets their needs and in many cases will save their lives.
Seven hundred people in Eastern Oregon believe the best way to provide health care for everyone in the state is to create a universal, publicly funded health care system. Everybody in and nobody out. This makes sense to me.
I am for providing health care for all people — which means taking decision making about my health care and yours out of the hands of the insurance industry and putting it back in the hands of our doctors and other health care providers.
What do you think? Who knows best?