I am asthmatic, so I have a prescription for an inhaler. This past week I needed to have it refilled. I called it in to the automated telephone service and the next day I stop by the pharmacy to pick it up.
Now, my insurance co-pay for an asthma inhaler is 10 dollars. I took a twenty dollar bill with me to pay for it expecting 10 dollars in change. I stand in line, I am called to the counter, I give my name to the clerk. He goes and retrieves my inhaler from the back shelf. He then affixes the little sticker for me to sign in the signature book and I sign my name. He then scans the price tag and says,
“That will be 25 dollars.”
I was momentarily confused just for a second. I wondered if I had called in the wrong prescription or if he had picked up the wrong “BUTLER” from the shelf. I asked,
“Shouldn’t that be 10 dollars? It’s just an asthma inhaler.”
He then replies,
“We can no longer sell the previous medication because the gas used to dispense the medication does not meet the environmental greenhouse gas emission standards.”
What is truly amazing is how he said it with such a straight, matter-of-fact face as if such an ridiculous assertion was true.
As what he told me began to sink in, I became agitated and that swiftly turned to seething indignation. Now, I rarely, if ever, get upset in public to where I “make a scene” if you know what I mean. Especially becoming pugnacious. I think the last time was in 7th grade where I had taken all the sass mouth bullying I could from Tom Brown and punched him repeatedly in the face.
I replied to the clerk in my controlled gentle voice and a smile on my face, “Excuse me? Are you kidding?”
“Nope,” said the clerk, “The laws went into play just a while ago.”
This is where my gentle voice became increasingly tense and punctuated with loud emphasis and the pointing and waving of my finger, so that by-standers thought they were on the verge of witnessing a public meltdown that would involve alerting law enforcement. I say,
“You mean to tell me that a gas that I INHALE INTO MY LUNGS and DOESN’T EVEN GET RELEASED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE is now against the law ALL BECAUSE OF THIS ABSURD GLOBAL WARMING JUNK SCIENCE?!!!”
The clerk, clearly now in agreement with my concern for the breakdown of our society at the hands of lunatic pseudo-scientific cranks, says,
“I know man, it’s crazy isn’t it? It’s stupid.” (My wife later told me he was probably told to say that by his manager to prevent any fights from breaking out).
I turned to face the other customers in line, maybe 5 or so, and loudly proclaimed, “This is why I hate leftist values and it will only get worse.”
I would imagine that cryptic comment was lost on them anyways, but do they not understand how a basic health care item just increased in cost 150 percent? That is a significant increase just to stroke the consciences of the nanny state enviro-wackos who sincerely believe people are contributing to global warming by breathing in to their bodies a gas allegedly bad for the planet. Do we not see the absurdity of this farcical policy? Poorer people will now have higher costs to their medical care because of some fraudulent environmental impact beliefs.
Even more stunning will be the people who will genuinely argue something along the lines as, “Well, if everyone had health coverage then they would not have to worry about the personal costs.”
NO, NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES, NO!
This is the clearest example of why we need a separation of leftism and state.