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From insulin to abortion, Kansas political leaders put profits ahead of people



Type 1 diabetics require insulin to live. The medication has surged in price, making it frequently unaffordable for those without insurance or with high-deductible plans. (Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Type 1 diabetes was on my mind this long weekend.

A story from States Newsroom’s national bureau explained how U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire have united for a bill capping insulin costs . Liz Hamor wrote a moving column for the Reflector about a couple facing a kidney and pancreas transplant after one member’s long struggle with the illness.

Personally, I began treatment with a new insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor over the last few days. That’s right, besides being an opinion editor, I’m also a Type 1 diabetic of 35 years and counting.

These stories and my own experiences — not to mention the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade — gave me much to consider. We put immediate profit and corporate power ahead of public health. We prize freedom for some but not for others.

In short, our country does an absolutely terrible job of thinking long term.Take the simple matter of insulin.Type 1 diabetics need it to live . It […]

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