I just had my Abilify prescription filled for the month, and I noticed the amount RiteAid is billing the State of Washington for my 30 tablets: $549.99!

That's $18.33 per tablet!

Sheesh, this is why I can't afford to work right now -- I need the psych meds in order to function, and I can't afford the meds without insurance... but I can only work part-time, and I can't find a part-time job with full insurance! If I work, I lose my benefits, and then I won't be able to work...

We need Universal Health care so desperately in this country, free from the gouging insurance companies, and in order to keep the pharmaceutical companies in check. Single Payer. That's all there is to it. (Unfortunately, Obama has taken it off the table.)

Third worst mistake this country ever made (after slavery and First Nations genocide) was tying health care to employment. Big, big mistake.
So, I've graduated from University, and the state has cut me off the health care teat.

If anything happens to me now, I'm totally screwed.

It's unlikely I'll be able to get decent (much less affordable) health coverage during the time I'm temping, especially with my myriad pre-existing conditions (major depression, sleep apnea, anemia, heart trouble, obesity, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and high blood pressure).

Basic Health, the State of Washington's health care plan for low-income people, banned me from coverage for a year after I couldn't pay the premiums last fall. I don't know if I can get back on there or not. Even if I can, the waiting list may be 6 months or longer.

I have enough anti-depressants to last the month, but after that, I'll be back to no meds.

I really like the CPAP for my sleep apnea, and it really helps, but it turns out Medicaid was only RENTING it for me, so it's likely I'll have to return it. That means the very thing that is helping me become more stable and energetic and able to work will be yanked out from under me.

The USA: Where health care is a for-profit industry. If you can't afford it, too bad, fuck you and DIE.

I fucking hate the United States of America. I really, really do. I am so very, very disgusted with the monster this country has become.


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