When I read the letters published daily, I see concerns about street-side cafe seating, which is of little consequence, and discussion of national events, most of which cannot be fixed by us in southern Illinois. I would ask all to write a letter which would improve the life of us all and save the average family hundreds of dollars a month. More, really, because it would save federal funding for entitlement programs.
Consider what is happening on the personal and federal expense for prescription drugs. Some senior friends use a dozen or more different types. Some are covered by Medicare Part D, but this then costs us all and will eventually bankrupt Medicare as a whole. The overall costs are huge.
This is because no one, not the government, Medicare or private insurance have any control or limits on the money spent. This is unique to the United States. In the U.S. the pharmaceutical companies have no controls and so charge us whatever the traffic will bear and we have no choice other than to try to buy from Canada. This is really bad and makes us change our lives to meet the costs.
So, write your congressman or the president and ask why this industry, of all the others, is not held responsible and whose costs are not managed or supervised. Save us and yourself. It is the biggest important issue because they lobby and protect themselves with their money.
Joseph M. Reichert