My name is Jackie Trapp. I live in Muskego, WI I have been married for 30 years to my wonderful, loving husband.
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer in August 2015. I take a drug called Revlimid for my cancer, and it is unbelievably expensive. With my current insurance, I am facing as much as $19,167 per year just to stay alive.
My husband owned his own snow plow business, but when I was sickest, he had to quit in order to care for me. Just before my diagnosis, I left my job as a Realtor to become a full-time caregiver for my mom and moved her in with us. My oncologist is concerned my stress levels contribute to worsening cancer, and the added burden of trying to cobble together enough resources in the form of grants, fundraising and decimating life savings and equity heaps a considerable amount of stress onto my life. I am 53 years old and will need to be on this medication or a similar one for the rest of my life.
I remember spending time with my family on vacations; we would all pile up in the car and drive down to Florida for a week or so. I also look at our dusty scuba diving equipment and think about the dive trips we took with my brother and his wife. As a result of my medication costs, times like these are over for us in the little amount of time I have left.
There is a strong pipeline between pharma and the government; Big Pharma lobbying efforts are already running the country and determining policy. Electing Bob Hugin would be cutting out the middlemen and giving pharma direct access to legislation.
There is no justification for Celgene’s price hikes under Bob Hugin and no justification for lack of transparency into his former corporation’s price hikes. Bob Hugin is a dangerous choice for senator.