Friday, September 23, 2011
If you’re one of the 20 million Americans who suffer from asthma (1 in 15 Americans), the Obama administration has come up with a new way to make your life a living and potentially lethal hell.
The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that by Dec. 31, all over-the-counter asthma inhalers will be illegal because of their CFC content. Asthma patients will instead need to use prescription albuterol inhalers, which use ozone-friendly hydrofluoroalkane as their propellant, but also aren’t covered by many health plans and can cost up to three times the price.
Asthma accounts for one-quarter of all emergency room visits in the U.S. each year, with 2 million emergency room visits. Each day 11 Americans die from asthma. There are more than 4,000 deaths due to asthma each year, many of which are avoidable with proper treatment like over-the-counter asthma inhalers.
With one in six Americans under 64 without health insurance and prescription drug coverage or roughly 48 million Americans, over-the-counter asthma inhalers are the only way to avoid a costly trip to the emergency room and possibly death. The Nitwit in the White House failed to take this into account before he willy-nilly elevated his green initiative above the lives of the 20 Americans living with asthma.
Can the 2012 election get here any sooner?