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EPA plus Obamacare: The Perfect Storm of Big Government

Welcome into the arms of the federal government. This won’t hurt – it is for your own protection:

Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government’s latest attempt to protect the Earth’s atmosphere.

So now the EPA is invading our health care system. The envirocrats have already shown how little they care for our food supply. Two years ago they turned off the water for hundreds of thousands of acres of land in the San Joaquin Delta Valley in California and forced farmers to stop producing food – all in the name of protecting a fish.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products. The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun. But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.

Don’t you feel safer now?

The FDA finalized plans to phase out the products in 2008 and currently only Armstrong Pharmaceutical’s Primatene mist is available in the U.S. Other manufacturers have switched to an environmentally-friendly propellant called hydrofluoroalkane. Both types of inhalers offer quick-relief to symptoms like shortness of breath and chest tightness, but the environmentally-friendly inhalers are only available via prescription.

And because they are only available via prescription, here is what will happen once we are all on Obamacare’s public option (which is still alive and kicking in Obamacare):

  • To “keep costs down”, the federal government will force all of us to go to a general practitioner before seeing a specialist;
  • To “keep costs down”, the federal government will issue strict rules that tell the general practitioners under what conditions they can refer you to a specialist;
  • To “keep costs down”, you may only get a prescription for an asthma medicine from a specialist, not a general practitioner;
  • To “keep costs down”, only people with a certain degree of serious asthma will be able to get the prescription inhaler;
  • To “keep costs down”, the benevolent federal government will provide you with a subsidized pain killer.

If this administration can take away people’s asthma inhalers and shut down food production, all in the name of the environment, does anyone really think they will care one bit about our lives once we are on their public option health plan? Whether it is about food supply or health care, the envirocrats who populate the hallways of our federal environmental agencies have shown beyond doubt how little they care about human life. Wait and see what will happen when they join forces with health care bureaucrats whose first and foremost goal is to contain health care costs.

A person who is unemployed and of poor health is a cost to the government and can be assumed to be consuming natural resources by his own very existence. How much value does the EPA and the Secretary of Health and Human Services put on his life?

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