My name is Robert Keller, I’m 66-years old and I’m from Parsippany, NJ.
Complications from my diabetes means I’ve had a kidney transplant, and I relied on long-term disability due to my diabetic symptoms. This allowed me to not only to afford my medication, but also to stay at home with my two sons and take care of them. It’s been challenging, but I prefer to see the bright side of things. I got to stay at home with my two sons and be the best dad I could be. I taught them to fish; I was involved as a school parent and even the only stay-at-home dad at the school’s Mother’s Tea.
But disability ended last year, and now the brunt of my drug costs and expenses rest on my wife. She is 65 and still working, with no retirement in sight because of my ailment. She can’t stop working because if we were to use Medicare, my medication would cost my family up to $1,800 per month.
I recently learned that former drug corporation CEO Bob Hugin increased the cost of a cancer medication 100 percent, stalled efforts to bring a lower cost generic to the market that would have helped cancer patients and made $140 million doing it as CEO. These aren’t facts you will find in his TV ads, but they are the only facts that matter to me.
I share my story because I want others to value good health, to thank God for it, but also, to try to take a walk in other people’s shoes, think about when it might be you in that hospital bed and how you would like to be treated.
I can assure you you’d want to afford your medicines.
Bob Hugin has made that impossible for cancer patients. Electing this man to the U.S. Senate would be an affront to all things good and decent.