Obama’s EPA is banning cheap asthma inhalers. They’re banning them for relatively small of amount of those ozone hurting chemicals, literally a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the CFC’s that may have caused the hole in the ozone layer.
So to stop a truly negligible portion of ozone hurting chemicals the Obama administration is going to triple the cost of asthma inhalers. Why is this a truly stupid move? Because probably, with the exception of weight related diseases, there is no disease more related to income level. Poor people are vastly more likely to have asthma than the middle class. I don’t know the reason, no one else agree on them, but this is still a fact.
This price increase is going to hurt the poor. A lot. Asthma inhalers are not optional, they are as critical to quality of life as anything you can imagine. Have you ever had pneumonia, that feeling of being unable to take a full breath? The fear, the hurt, the panic? Imagine your whole life like that? Now ask yourself, if it costs three times as much. If you’re poor that means having to make choice of ‘”do I use the inhaler now? Or do I suffer?” Thanks Barrack, for making poor people suffer through that. Usually I’m not one to speak about the plight of the poor because usually I believe their plight is all too often caused by their bad choices, but this is a disease that has nothing to do with bad choices made during life. Nor is this the kind of disease where it’s a question of spending a huge sum of money that will extend a person’s life but not increase their quality of life. This is as close as you get to a quality of life issue. And Obama just make their quality of life go down.
Why would Obama screw poor people like this?
Answer: Class warfare.
Most people will probably not know that reason their inhaler has tripled in cost is because of an EPA and Obama call. They’ll think it’s the drug companies are intentionally screwing them over. (Yes I fully admit that the economies of scale will probably bring it down from triple the cost, but probably not back down to the old prices). Which will secure the base in A. hating those evil evil drug companies and B. supporting Obama and his stand against those evil people who raised their health care prices for no reason (to hell if it’s actually Obama and his administration who is the bastard who did that).
A brilliant political move to secure his basse. An evil move.