Do you know that severe allergies effect more than 50 million people in the United States, including 30% of adults and 40% of children? Many people are severely allergic to very common things that are difficult to avoid. When your tongue or throat start to swell due to being exposed to such things, you must respond very quickly or you could end up choking to death. Without an Epipen, which stops the reaction almost immediately, you are very likely to die.
The problem with this is that Epipens, which are essential to millions of Americans, are very difficult to get. Health insurance barely ever covers one, and if they do you usually can not get a refill, which are needed every 12 to 18 months. Epipens are usually $700 to $800. Many families can not afford those and end up paying the ultimate price, which is unfair and wrong for our country to let slide. Not only are Epipens so expensive, but their prices have skyrocketed in recent years for no reason other than greed. The CEO of the company that makes Epipens gave herself a 600% salary increase after raising the prices of Epipens. From 2011 to 2016 the price of Epipens has increased nearly 100 dollars every year.
As a young woman who lives in Louisiana and happens to be highly allergic to grass, an Epipen is essential to me, yet my family has not been able to afford one. If i do have an allergy attack, which is very likely, the chances of me living is very slim. That is ridiculous considering it only takes about $20 to compose an Epipen. Please fix this, future president. My life, as well as many others, are depending on you.
Yours truly, Anna Jackson