Cross posted on Daily Kos

I’m in Los Angeles.

Yesterday, I went to the pharmacy of UCLA Medical center. I was there to pick up and pay for Lipitor and a hypertension drug for my mother.

Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering drug, is very expensive. A 30 day supply of the two drugs cost a little over $100.00.

When I got to the window the cashier and I had the following conversation.
Cashier:

“So who’s paying today?”

Me:

“I’m paying.”

Cashier:

“Is this for you?”

Me:

“No, for my mother.”

Cashier:

“Does she have Medicare D?”

Me:

“No. We’re too scared.”

Cashier:

“I don’t blame you. It’s awful, the poor seniors. It’s changing already.”

Me:

“What do you mean, changing?”

Cashier:

“Everyday something changes. The co-pays are going up, the drug lists change. It started at one price, the prices are inching up. They think no one will notice.

Me:

“What do you mean inching up?”

Cashier:

“It’s some sort of bait and switch.”

Me:

“Come on! I thought it was supposed to be stable for one year.”

Cashier:

“Isn’t bait and switch when you buy one thing and get something different? No one knows anything. Seniors start to cry at the window. What should I say to them? We can’t follow it. There are hundreds of plans, they keep changing.”

Me:

“It sounds really bad.”

Cashier:

It’s a disaster. The doctors give them samples, if they can’t get what they need. It’s crazy. Why does the government go after seniors who need medicine and have only a little money?”

Me:

Ask Mr. Bush.

Cashier:

“That’s what I tell them. We need a new government. The seniors will tell Mr. Bush in November. You were smart to wait. Hopefully they’ll do a new plan.  This one cannot survive. It’s not working.”

This is ground zero of the Medicare D catastrophe.

What fucking pornography.

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