Yesterday’s post about the high cost of Revlimid apparently upset Nick, a regular reader and contributor. He commented:
Before you people get your dander up and without getting too political, you should consider that ANYPLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE THERE IS NATIONAL HEALTH CARE YOU CANNOT EVEN GET REVLIMID as a newly diagnosed patient. Cancer patients are suffering directly because of national healthcare. Pat, you and I know some of these people.
I would LOvE to debate this offline if anyone is interested. My email is artisannvandyk at earthlink dot net.
Profits have saved the life of every person reliant upon advanced medicine.
I added this short reply:
This is a valid point. However, a more valid point is this: Companies (and individuals) should work to be more compassionate in any system. Why does it have to be one way or the other? I’m just saying… Pat
I wanted to expand on this a bit. Just because someone is shocked and disappointed by the high cost of a drug or therapy, doesn’t mean they favor dismantling our current health care system. Republicans are falling into the trap of once again seeming rigid and lacking compassion. Democrats continue to want to throw money at a problem.
Americans don’t need a different economic system. No, the system just needs to work better. Who says corporations can’t embrace responsibility for the common good? A “tweak” here or there can make a big difference. Moderation, people! Moderation.
It’s primary day in a number of states around the country, including my new home state of Florida. Let’s all try to listen to what the other side is saying–and then not condemn any politician or corporate leader who tries to compromise.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat