“I’ve been a type 2 diabetic pretty much most of my adult life. At the beginning, it was easily controlled by oral generic medications. As I got older, I required insulin.

“My doctor wrote me a three-month prescription for my insulin, which, even with insurance, cost roughly about $1,300. I couldn’t afford that. I don’t think most people could.

“I was fortunate to have had a pharmacist who helped me find a coupon, but it would only give me a discount for a year. Even my primary care physician was looking for ways to help me, but the pharmaceutical company wasn’t willing to work with us. So I was back to paying the $1,300.

“But you have to live with it. I was lucky to have a family member to help me out, but a lot of people don’t have that. When my father got sick and I stayed home to take care of him, I was lucky to have the Affordable Care Act for my insurance. I’d be in tremendous debt otherwise.

“If Republicans were to overturn the ACA, insurers could deny me coverage for a preexisting condition, or give me a rate so high I wouldn’t be able to afford it. And in the meantime, prescription drug companies are taking advantage of someone with type 2 diabetes so they can make all kinds of money.

“It makes you angry – there are so many people in this same situation. We need someone in Washington who will take steps to lower the cost of medications, like Sara has here in Maine. Someone like Sara who’s fighting for us, not for the pharmaceutical companies.”

– Paul D., Brewer, ME