[The price of insulin in the United States is many times what it is in other countries. Some see this as just bald profiteering; but, there are actually GOOD reasons why the price of insulin must be inflated:]
If it wasn’t expensive, everybody’d want to get diabetes.
Because it involves a lot of money, it forces people to take the topic of diabetes seriously, like I am doing, right now.
If our pharmaceuticals were affordable, we’d be no better than all the other industrialized nations.
It has to be expensive because, when the dollar fails, that is what we’ll be using as currency.
When the poor lose their extremities, it’s fun to see what they manage to come up with as a substitute. A coat hanger hook for a hand? Get outta here, you nut!
Having to pay a lot for insulin is a fitting punishment for bringing diabetes onto themselves with overeating, sedentary lifestyles and inheriting the disease.
Okay, for a second, lets assume that it wasn’t prohibitively expensive. Then, everyone could afford to treat their diabetes; but, it is prohibitively expensive so they can’t. Don’t you feel bad for getting everyone’s hopes up?
It gives you a response for whenever someone says, “I think that the free market can handle any problems with our health care system”
If it were cheap, people would be mixing it with gin at parties. If you think it would never happen, you’ve never had a gin and tonic…
Expensive insulin gives the uninsured a chance to explore other alternatives. Hypnosis, for example: You’re getting sleepy… sleeeeeeeepy… you are asleep. When I snap my fingers, you will be… a chicken… a chicken with diabetes and still not enough money to pay for your insulin…