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“THE SECOND FALL” is Riveting

March 16, 2014
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The Second Fall

On Friday, March 16th’s THE SHREW, Our very own Anna Bee interviews accomplished author Charles Hurt, concerning his new book, “The Second Fall”.

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Mr. Hurst’s “The Second Fall” can be ordered here at Amazon.com

From Amazon:

The Second Fall is an offbeat account of the predicted Revelation. Lucifer, under the guise of a high level political operative, uses the corrupt government and an apathetic people to initiate the final fall of mankind into his long awaited grasp. However, Christ gathers his newly chosen, a group of misfits who will become the unlikely outcasts, to wage war against this impending evil and whose efforts will determine the outcome of the world.

THE SHREW could not recommend Mr. Hurst’s new book more highly.

We also recommend listening to the latest SHREW on the player at the right hand column.

Obamacare Has Made Life with MS a Living Hell

February 25, 2014
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As the story appears at The Right Scoop, Pat Carfagno:

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of unknown cause that slowly takes away a persons abilities to think, to move, to care for oneself. There is often a considerable amount of pain involved. Multiple Sclerosis does not kill. The person does not die from the disease itself but from its secondary effects.

The life span of the person with MS is not markedly changed. That is the cruelest part. As helpless as we can become, we will go on living with whatever pain and disabilities we have, almost as long as a healthy person would live.

Receiving a devastating diagnosis is often accompanied by the encouragement that science is coming up with new treatments every day. Multiple Sclerosis is evidence that this encouragement has basis in fact. In the last 15 years, new drugs with the power to slow the advance of the disease and often improve the quality of life of the people treated for MS have been developed with new powers never available before.

Since my diagnosis early in 2002, many new treatments have been developed. Avonex and Tysabri are just two that I have used. Tysabri was a real game changer for me. Tysabri is given once a month IV.

Most of the old school drugs promised to decrease the frequency of flare ups of disease, but did nothing to improve disability. Tysabri gave me new life for 5 years. Although I was still effected by the disease, Tysabri improved my quality of life! It lifted what is known as brain fog, improved my endurance and lessened the crushing fatigue that is MS. I went from frequent use of a walker, to the use of a cane. For me, it was miraculous. As frequently happens with Tysabri though, I developed some antibodies that made treatment with Tysabri no longer advisable, after years of positive results.

In 2013, Tysabri was discontinued as my treatment. There were some new drugs with great promise. The first I tried had some very disturbing and painful side effects. When that new drug was discontinued, my physician recommended that I begin taking a new pill, Drug X. The paperwork was submitted in the second week in November.

A consultation with the private drug coverage website told me I was covered for the cost of the drug minus my co-pay. I contacted my drug insurance companies eight hundred number to verify and I was told that my coverage had changed because of Obamacare. My private insurance, a benefit gained as compensation during my working years, would now only cover this drug so minimally as to be useless. In order to be treated, I must come up with approximately 50 grand a year, cash, out of pocket.

It might as well be a million.

I revisited the drug benefit website. It still told me that I was indeed covered as it had said before my insurance got involved, for the cost of the drug minus my co-pay! There may also be a deductible of about 3 grand. I called both the drug insurance and the drug company and told them that I had determined that I was covered and sent them screen shots of the on-line determination of benefits.

At the time of this writing, I have since received my first dose with observation of Drug X and suffered no detectable side effects. I am feeling much better. I’m still not sure how much this first dose will cost though and thus I do not have a full prescription filled. I’m waiting for the bill to see who is actually correct. The charge could be one hundred dollars or thousands. I still don’t know. If it is thousands, I will simply not purchase it. I will remain untreated and I will be left to the consequences of the disease. I will not bankrupt my family for the “greater good” that Obamacare alleges. I am sadly quite confident that others will be forced to make the same choice.

In a few days, it will have been longer than 3 months since the script was originally written by the doctor.

The take away from all of this is not that “poor me” has or doesn’t have access to medication. The fact is that the Obamacare formulary covers NO drugs for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Consequently, people will be denied coverage, not on the basis of their condition, but based on the price of the only existing treatments. Inclusion in the Obamacare formulary is based on per patient per drug per annum. Multiple Sclerosis? Sorry. Lupus? Any life long disease with only non-generic treatments? Sorry, no help for you.

People with MS and other neurological diseases will likely stay alive in spite of the denial of treatment, but they and their families will be burdened with their horrific quality of life. So as untreated patients can anticipate a future that includes visions of them some day lying in their own waste, they can be assured that their colonoscopy will be free.

The Disabled are Targeted by Obamacare For Denial of Care and Cost Savings

February 21, 2014
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While the negative issues with Obamacare abound, one chronic disease treatment issue reveals the underlying purpose for the existence of Obamacare. It is not universal access to care. It is about the routine, codified inhumane cruelty of denying treatment for the global purpose of skimming money from the sick and the elderly. Jim Angle of Fox news gets close but no cigar. Kudos to Mr. Angle and Fox for reporting this story.

From Fox’s Report: “One of the problems is that drugs for some diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis do not have generic versions so without cheaper alternatives and no help from ObamaCare, patients could face huge personal out-of-pocket bills, forcing some to skimp on their medications”.

There will be no out of pocket to face if the cost is so unreachable as to in all practicality deny Obamacare treatment. It comes to MS there is no “skimping on your meds” You are being treated or you are not. There is no inexpensive one-size-fits all treatment. As Mr. Angle reports, there are no generic drugs for MS. Most advances in the treatment of MS have been made in the last 15 years or so. Thus the ONLY real treatments are only a few years on the market or even months. These meds require a regular and consistent administration of the drug. There is no “skimping” in Multiple Sclerosis. A person is being treated with the right drug, at the right dose or they are not. A person will either live happily with treatment or they will live languishing in pain and isolation.

Mr. Angle ‘s report supports this: “this may drive patients to not buy their medicines, which we know is dangerous. We know MS can be a bad disease when you’re not treating it. When you’re treating it, for most people they handle it pretty well, but we know when you don’t treat (it), it’s the kind of disease where people end up in wheel chairs potentially.”

Multiple Sclerosis slowly takes away a person’s abilities to think, to move, to care for themselves. There is often considerable pain involved. Yet a person does not die from the disease, but from its secondary effects. As helpless as we can become, we live almost as long as a healthy person does with whatever pain and disabilities we have.

This is exactly why the MS drugs have been excluded from the Obamacare formulary. The formularies of many other drug plans have been altered to reflect the cost savings ideology of Obamacare, including the formulary of Medicare D. MS treatment is expensive and it lasts a lifetime. This was not an unconscious move on the part of the authors of the ACAs. It is a targeted move. To the socialist central planner types, it is a gold mine of expenditure denial

Thus denial of treatment of Multiple Sclerosis patients is codified into the Obamacare nightmare.

Since my diagnosis in 2002, many new treatments have been developed with the power to slow the advance of the disease and often improve the quality of life. A new drug called Tysabri gave me new life. Although I was still affected by the disease, it lifted what is known as brain fog, improved my endurance, and lessened the crushing fatigue. I went from frequent use of a walker, to the use of a cane. It was nothing short of miraculous.

I developed antibodies in 2013 that made treatment with Tysabri no longer advisable, even after years of positive results. My physician recommended that I begin taking a new pill, I will call Drug X. Paperwork was submitted the second week in November to the manufacturer who had a program to facilitate start-up treatment.

I was told by my private insurance companies navigator that my coverage by my private insurance had changed because of Obamacare. My private insurance, a benefit gained as compensation during my working years, would cover this drug but so minimally as to be useless. You can’t buy half or a quarter of a pill. In order to be treated, I must come up with approximately 50 grand a year, cash, out of pocket.

It might as well be a million.

My desperate personal trip to the private drug plan web site without “navigator” assistance revealed that I was covered for the cost of the drug minus my co-pay. There may also be a deductible of about 3 grand. I called the navigators for both the drug insurance and the drug’s manufacturer and told them that I had determined that I was indeed covered and sent them screen shots of the on-line determination of benefits.

At this writing, I have since received my first dose with observation (as required by FDA) of Drug X and suffered no detectable side effects. I am feeling much better. However because of the pattern of inaccuracy established by multiple navigators, I cannot be sure of this untåil it is time to check out the drug shipment with the Specialty Pharmacy.

The charge could be one hundred dollars or thousands. I still don’t know with any certainty. If it is thousands, I will simply not be able to be treated. I will remain untreated and be left to the consequences of the disease. I will not bankrupt my family for the “greater good” that Obamacare alleges. I am sadly confident that others will be forced toå make the same choice.

The take away from this narrative is not that poor me doesn’t have access to treatment. The brutal fact is that Obamacare offers NO drugs for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Consequently, all people with MS will by default be denied treatment. Inclusion in the Obamacare formulary is based on per patient per drug, per year cost times projected number of years. Multiple Sclerosis? Sorry. Lupus? Any life long disease with only non-generic treatments? Sorry, no help for you. What other treatments does Obamacare deny?

People with MS and other neurological diseases will likely stay alive in spite of the denial of treatment, but they and their families will be burdened with their horrific quality of life. So as untreated patients can anticipate a future that includes visions of some day lying in their own waste, they can be assured that their colonoscopy will be free.

A Liberation Manifesto

January 17, 2014
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The chat below represents a spontaneous chat this morning on Facebook. I called it a manifesto, because it seems only right wingers have them (sarcasm noted). The names have been altered for the sake of their privacy;

Pat Carfagno: Its not something I like to make the focus of my life, but I have MS. I had wonderful health insurance and pharm coverage. I have all but lost my pharm coverage with the advent of Obamacare and its affect on private insurance. It is so restrictive as to be useless for someone with chronic illness. A broad look at the changes shows the deliberate isolation of specialty drugs from folks like me. Where the insurance that I worked for, was once a successful attempt at personal responsibility, I am now to be responsible for 50 Grand a year out of pocket. It might as well be a million.

I assure you all that I am not alone in this. As the year progresses, more and more people will discover that they have been targeted for costs savings by insurance companies with the permission and blessing of Obamacare. The chronically ill will find out first. It is only as boomers are diagnosed with illness will they find out that they have been similarly targeted.

There is a “free drug” program for me to apply for. Then, at the end of your life, (or before) the government comes to liquidate your assets for your “privilege” of getting “free” drug. I will not bankrupt my family for the ‘common good’.

Note that this confiscation is what politicians mean when they use the phrase “means testing”.

Yippee.

Still waiting for paperwork (application). But its already been months. It seems as if you can have free drug on the taxpayers dime. The drug company will “give” you drug, but the taxpayer fully reimburses the drug company for the full 50 grand. I will not be part of such an evil thing by participating even though this decision may have a profound effect on my quality of life.

(responses)
Sam: Government at it best! Just like Social security, medicare etc.\

Anna: A woman that has a hysterectomy had to carry it…just in case. A women over the age of 65 has to carry it…CHILDREN may have to carry it as well…just in case. Idiocy. Real. True. Idiocy.

Beth: The libs have turned America into a communal village, next we’ll be sharing bathrooms. I just abhor what the socialist/Marxist are doing to this Nation.

Pat Carfagno;

I thank God that he is in charge of the plan of my life and not any man.

I am posting this chat because I think the posts linked together make an especially coherent explanation of the situation Americans will find themselves in sooner, rather than later, which I have thus far been unable to express. Note that the taxpayer will now pay the drug company for their products rather than the private drug insurance program in which I have been enrolled.

Note further that elite leftist pattern of having our children pay for their elders freebies remains in overdrive in this and all government ponzi schemes.

God Save Us.

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