Saturday, July 7, 2018
STUDY SHOWS 144,OOO U.S. INMATES DENIED CARE FOR HEPATITIS C EVEN AS MILLIONS OF MEXICANS RECEIVE BILLIONS IN "FREE" HEALTHCARE
THE STAGGERING COST OF THE WELFARE STATE MEXICO AND THE LA RAZA SUPREMACY DEMOCRAT PARTY HAVE BUILT BORDER to OPEN BORDER’
According to the illegal immigrants, and their children, cost American taxpayers a net $116 billion annually -- roughly $7,000 per alien annually. While high, this number is not an outlier: a recent study by the found that low-skilled immigrants (including those here illegally) cost Americans trillions over the course of their lifetimes, and a study from the found that illegal immigration costs America over $140 billion annually. As it stands, illegal immigrants are a massive burden on American taxpayers.
By E.P. Milligan
A recent survey and round of interviews at state prisons across the United States revealed that staff are refusing treatment to at least 144,000 inmates suffering from hepatitis C. If left untreated, the condition can potentially mean a slow and agonizing death sentence. The recent revelation once again sheds light on the horrific conditions facing inmates in prisons across America, a country which is time and time again hailed as the richest in the world.
Prison officials cited high drug prices as their reason for failing to treat inmates. The anti-viral medication required to treat the condition frequently can cost over $90,000 for a 24-week regimen, depending on the strain of the virus and the patient’s medical history. The new round of drugs, introduced within the last decade, have over a 95 percent success rate in eradicating the virus, involving very limited side effects.
The previous form of treatment involved a year-long regimen of shots and ribavirin pills that produced chemo-like symptoms in patients, with only a 50 percent cure rate. The older, less effective form of treatment costs around $70,000.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is one of three types of blood-borne virus that infects the liver, causing inflammation. Whereas hepatitis A usually causes only a short-term infection, B and C can lead to long-term and even lifelong inflammation. Long-term infection can lead to serious medical complications including liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 75 to 85 percent of people who become infected with HCV will develop a chronic infection. While vaccines exist for types A and B, there is no vaccine for HCV.
Around 97 percent of inmates living with HCV are denied access to the cure, according to a survey conducted through the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
The high price of the new treatments has led both state and federal prisons to ration the drug, limiting it to patients with a high risk of developing liver problems or with low blood platelet levels. It can take two to three decades before the disease becomes life-threatening, while patients can transmit the disease during this entire period, through such means as the sharing of toothbrushes, razor blades and needles, or less commonly through sexual contact.
What is more, many prisons ignore their own already subpar guidelines for standards of care. Florida Department of Corrections records show that 181 or more inmates who met the criteria for treatment throughout the state of Florida did not get the cure. Department policy states that prisoners are eligible for HCV therapy when the disease reaches Stage 2, at which point the liver shows mild to moderate thickening or scarring of tissue.
Once an individual is incarcerated, he or she is typically allowed care through the prison itself. States restrict or prohibit any type of private or outside care.
The prisons’ refusal of treatment stands in violation of the 1976 US Supreme Court ruling in Estelle v. Gamble, which described such practice as a form of “cruel and unusual punishment.” The ruling stated that “deliberate indifference to serious medical needs of prisoners constitutes the ‘unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain’…proscribed by the Eighth Amendment.”
Whereas about 1 to 2 percent of the total US population has HCV, within the prisoner population the prevalence rate is over 17 percent, according to a 2014 article in the journal Public Health Reports. Because of the spike in the infection rate for HCV in the most recent years due to the spiraling opioid epidemic, it is likely these rates are already far higher. The newest study estimates that as many as 75,000 HCV-infected people are released from prison per year, often with limited access to testing, let alone treatment.
New hepatitis treatments include Merck’s Zepatier, priced at $54,000 for a 12-week course of treatment, and AbbVie’s Viekira Pak, priced at $83,000.
However, it is Gilead Science’s drugs, Sovaldi and Harvoni, that dominate the market, bringing in $19 billion in annual revenue for the company. Sovaldi is priced at $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment, or $1,000 per pill, while Harvoni is priced at $94,500.
Gilead’s pricing strategy was the subject of a US Senate report released in December of 2015. The 18-month Senate investigation looked at 20,000 pages of internal company documents, finding that Gilead priced the new hepatitis C treatments as high as they thought the market would bear, with no consideration for how this would limit patient access.
These new drugs in the United States, Canada and Europe remain far more expensive than in the rest of the world, which does not share the same drug patent laws. Sovaldi, for example, costs $4 per pill in India—a total cost of $336 for a 12-week regimen. The health ministry of India announced in January of this year that it plans to provide free treatment at all government health set-ups, according to an article in the Indian Express.
The rationing of health care among the prison population mirrors the rationing of health care for workers and their families in the United States and internationally. It reflects the irrationality of a system in which the health needs of the population are subordinated to the profit interests of large pharmaceutical companies, insurance firms, and hospital and drug store chains.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
What will America stand for in 2050?
The US should think long and hard about the high number of Latino immigrants.
By Lawrence Harrison
It's not just a short-run issue of immigrants competing with citizens for jobs as unemployment approaches 10 percent or the number of uninsured straining the quality of healthcare. Heavy immigration from Latin America threatens our cohesiveness as a nation.
MEXICO WILL DOUBLE U.S. POPULATION
By Tom Barrett
At the current rate of invasion (mostly through Mexico, but also through Canada) the United States will be completely over run with illegal aliens by the year 2025. I’m not talking about legal immigrants who follow US law to become citizens. In less than 20 years, if we do not stop the invasion, ILLEGAL aliens and their offspring will be the dominant population in the United States.
Previous generations of immigrants did not believe they were racially superior to Americans. That is the view of La Raza Cosmica, by Jose Vasconcelos, Mexico’s former education minister and a presidential candidate. According to this book, republished in 1979 by the Department of Chicano Studies at Cal State LA, students of Scandinavian, Dutch and English background are dullards, blacks are ugly and inferior, and those “Mongols” with the slanted eyes lack enterprise. The superior new “cosmic” race of Spaniards and Indians is replacing them, and all Yankee “Anglos.” LLOYD BILLINGSLEY/ FRONTPAGE mag
MEXICO EXPANDS THE LA RAZA SUPREMACY WELFARE STATE TO ALL 50 FORMERLY U.S. STATES.
CASE OF CHAIN MIGRATION THAT DESTROYED HAZELTON, PENNSYLVANIA.
$1.3 billion: The annual cost of illegal immigration to Pennsylvania’s taxpayers;
· $5,003: The annual cost per illegal alien to the state of Pennsylvania;
· $273: The annual cost of illegal immigration to each U.S. citizen household in Pennsylvania;
· 203,000: The estimated number of illegal aliens living in Pennsylvania.
· 30 percent: The percent of the federal prison population comprised of immigrants – most of whom are here illegally.
THIS AMERICAN LIFE
NPR PROGRAM ON AMERICA UNDER LA RAZA OCCUPATION – GRIM!
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