Likely you haven’t read about Sovaldi anywhere; it makes too many of the mighty look bad. You’ve heard of hepatitis C though, right? You likely know that is very, very bad to have and you may be aware that it is common among druggies, especially those who share needles. Others get it too, even children. And it seems generally to hit a lot of low income folk with poor living habits, though nobody is immune. Some people carry it, leaving a wake of risk. It’s a blood-borne virus that destroys the liver.
We bring this up because Sarah Palin, the Left’s favorite target when her back is turned, famously referred to “death panels” as part of Obamacare and was crucified for that reference. She was quite correct; when government pays, somebody must decide how much will be paid and for whom and for what, right? Government isn’t famous for delegating such decisions, either.
To wrap up this background, recall that Obamacare is forcing the states to expand Medicaid so that all those previously uninsured folk can now be covered at low or no cost to them. (It won’t be low or no to you, though.) You note that this description also sounds like the one above concerning many of the victims of hepatitis C.
We point to that because there is now a single decent treatment for hepatitis C and that is as you guessed, Sovaldi. A single, average 12 treatment course of Sovalsi costs some $84,000. Right, per patient. And since so many of the folk needing treatment are low income, Medicaid is stuck for it, meaning that you who likely can’t afford either the medicine or coverage that pays for it, will be paying for the needle-sharers and others who do get it. Except that the funds now available to the government can’t possibly do the job. This little conundrum is flitting around the back rooms of those Washington D.C. death panels that don’t exist. Government only has your money, in the end. As it can’t enrich everybody with what it has available, it uses rationing. So some hepatitis C patients will ge luckier than others. Government is deciding who they will be.