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Ageless: Lakewood man
shocked when his blood
pressure medication rose
from $8 to $105

Asbury Park Press Online, by MIcxhale Diamond

Original Article

Posted By:mikeyt64, 2/4/2013 8:50:31 AM

Emil Conti’s blood pressure was under control thanks to his daily use of the generic drug Verapamil, but it didn’t get any help in January, when he saw his monthly co-payment for the drug rise from $8 to $105. Conti, 83, of Lakewood, was taken aback. He thought he had done the things he needed to keep the cost low. Instead, he was going to have to reach deeper to pay for prescription drugs.

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Wait Obama and Democrats promised it would lower health premiums and medicare would not be affected. Wait, they lied, you say? At least I didnt vote for em.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rotten In Denmark, 2/4/2013 8:54:33 AM     (No. 9157069)

What an OBAMANATION!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 2/4/2013 8:59:43 AM     (No. 9157082)

I´m guessing that Emil Conti thought FDR was the bee´s knees and that LBJ was a racial healer.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: fiesta del sol, 2/4/2013 9:00:02 AM     (No. 9157084)

I´m sorry this is happening to him and other seniors. But I hope this does happen to my idiot aunts and uncles who voted for Obama and were unbelievably obnoxious last year. Same with my cousin and his wife. They are parents to a severely disabled child. Their facebook page was littered with posts from Talking Points Memo, HuffPo, Rachel Maddow... etc, they were all for free birth control. I wonder how much their child´s medical bills and prescriptions will go up.Sorry, for being so nasty, but they gotta pay the piper. Let it burn.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Alibi Inn, 2/4/2013 9:02:56 AM     (No. 9157091)

ObamaCare -- Just enough to kill a guy.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jond, 2/4/2013 9:13:35 AM     (No. 9157111)

FTA: “I think it’s ridiculous they raises prices like that,” Conti said. “I didn’t have any warning or anything.”

He probably was notified but didn´t notice (pun intended).

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Reply 6 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/4/2013 9:16:04 AM     (No. 9157121)

Times are tough but unless someone was a Romney supporter I can´t feel sorry for them no matter what they might be going through.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stevendm, 2/4/2013 9:25:27 AM     (No. 9157141)

If he voted for Obama in either 2008 or 2012 he needs to shut up and deal with it. He asked for it, now he has gotten it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/4/2013 9:36:15 AM     (No. 9157168)

There are lots of BP medications, many of them in generic form.
Talk to your physician.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/4/2013 9:42:39 AM     (No. 9157188)

The article never mentions Obamacare´s impact on health costs. I expect we´ll see (or won´t see) lots more of this as time goes on. Costs just magically rise 5-6-10 times for no logical reason besides the patient made some tweaks to his health care plan.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LouD, 2/4/2013 9:53:35 AM     (No. 9157216)

As soon as I read UnitedHealthcare, that was enough. Try reading reviews of this company and see what their subscribers think. BTW, this is the company that is endorsed, and used, by the DNC....oops! I meant AARP.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: CEP, 2/4/2013 10:02:00 AM     (No. 9157255)

#8 he is already using the generic. FTA: "....his daily use of the generic drug Verapamil,......."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: olcap, 2/4/2013 10:05:57 AM     (No. 9157280)

He could clear this up by going low-carb, and he could get off the prescription poisons totally.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/4/2013 10:12:49 AM     (No. 9157303)

Obamacare is making it´s way to being renamed to ´Bend-over-care´.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 2/4/2013 10:23:08 AM     (No. 9157328)

I take Verapamil. I am under 65 and do not have a prescription drug plan. My Verapamil costs $4 for 30 120mg pills at Walmart. Everyone who buys it at Walmart pays that price. It´s on their $4 drug price list.

If this article is accurate, there is a skunk somewhere in his prescription acquisition system. Shop around, Emil.

#12, to at least some extent, is correct although I think it takes more than just a low carb diet. Divorce might help for some... just kidding!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Pinchem, 2/4/2013 10:48:17 AM     (No. 9157386)

We´ve all heard about the folks who sit in cubicles will determine if Seniors can have certain medical procedures, denying most of them. Result: Death

Now folks in cubicles at the Insurance Companies make the cost of medicines so high Seniors can´t afford them, they have to quit taking them. Result: Death

Oh how many laughed at Sarah Palin about the "Death Panels". Are they still laughing?


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Reply 16 - Posted by: snichols, 2/4/2013 10:52:48 AM     (No. 9157395)

wifey takes this drug and gets 90 days from Humana at no extra charge. Their form says they paid $29 for the 3 months supply.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/4/2013 11:02:25 AM     (No. 9157429)

We get a new formulary from our HMO at the end of each year for the next year. In plenty of time to switch HMOs if necessary.

It is not a phone book. It is an indexed listing where one can look up the meds one has been prescribed and see what the cost will be in the new year.

If he was moved to a new healthcare plan, he´d have received a formulary.

This whole story sounds fishy to me. There´s been an error somewhere.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/4/2013 11:07:04 AM     (No. 9157437)

Verapamil is the generic. It is a calcium channel blocker, produced under various brand names.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/4/2013 11:14:41 AM     (No. 9157456)

What people may not understand is that this guy may have spent a year or more, working with his doctor to find a BP medicine that works well for him.
Sure, there are plenty out there, but many of them do not work for every person.
So now we are to find the cheapest, even though it doesn´t work, thanks to people who voted for Obama. God help us.

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