Insulin costs raise concern

In recent years, insulin prices have skyrocketed. Lawmakers in both parties are concerned of the price increase.

As a licensed vocational nurse I have knowledge of diabetic complications. My concern is that high-cost insulin has diabetics cutting back on prescribed insulin doses.

The manufacturers’ willingness to increase the price of insulin will affect the uninsured who don’t benefit from price discounts and people with high insurance deductibles. Many diabetics struggle to pay for insulin. Some of them don’t use the full dose so they can make it last the month until the insurance covers it again.

Complications such as blindness, loss of limbs, kidney failure and even death are consequences of high-cost insulin.

Members of both parties must work together to prevent more people from dying. According to insulin manufacturers, the reasoning for price increases is in part because they are making improvements on their insulin products. I think they and pharmaceutical companies need to be investigated on who is being greedy.

A good example is the cost of a vial of insulin costing the consumer $300 lasting about five days.

No real price control exists in the U.S., as it does in other nations and this is where Congress needs to step in.

I am not in agreement with the increase in insulin prices. I hope positive changes come into effect.

Maria Alvarez, Pharr


What awaits immigrants?

Donald Trump decided not to reinstate the family separation policy, but why was it instilled in the first place, it being inhumane?

Now that this bill has been averted, my concern is, what other methods are they willing to take to protect the borders?

Growing up in South Texas, you meet many people who have had to cross and have had their families ripped apart, maybe including family members of your own.

After continuous fire from people about leaked video documents from border facilities, Trump began to come under a lot of fire about the emotional distress the policy would cause among immigrants. A quote made in the article by Donald Trump discusses how the ending of the policy will cause even more immigration, but what actions will the government take to stop immigration?

The U.S.A being a free country, I’m glad we are taking the steps to acknowledge that children outside of the United States have feelings and I am relieved to hear the policy removed, though the statement made by Donald Trump is true and we must be wary of the new immigrants, but separating them from their families is not the option.

The biggest concern for me is the people crossing the border, and what other methods the government is willing to take now that they know that the immigration issue is only going to grow. Possibly the best solution is to help make it easier and more possible for migration to flow.

Nathan De La Rosa, Edinburg


Real family separation

On the June 24 Monitor front page, the leading story is about the respite center receiving a truckload of donations and protesters marching against family separation.

I have no quarrel with either; however, I do not see or hear about people protesting against parents sending their unaccompanied children to the United States. This, my friends, constitutes “family separation” with the approval of the parents.

What’s going on here? You cannot be for unaccompanied children and against family separation.

Jose Coronado, Mission

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