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I apologize for the rather graphic title, but I'd really like to know how many of our esteemed Congressmen and women are on Nexium, paid for by their government provided health care plan.

Because I do have private insurance. I am fortunate. I am unlike thousands who have lost their coverage due to unemployment.

But my insurance carrier has decided I don't need Nexium. Not my doctor, not me. My insurance company decided I wasn't worth this overpriced but effective med from Big Pharma. I am tantalized nightly by millions of dollars in advertising for the magical purple pill. But for me, alas, no. That is for someone else.

Can you call your congressman and ask him if he or she takes Nexium? Does his or her plan cover it? Because I would like his or her plan, please.

Because I am suffering from GERD, and my insurance company has decided that over the counter Prilosec is enough for me. I appreciate their input, but I'd prefer that my doctor who prescribed the Nexium for me have the final say. Because I am tired of the insurance company coming between me and my doctor.

And I am tired of having to sleep elevated on a pillow, sleeping in fear of again vomiting awake and inhaling it through my sinuses before I can make it to the bathroom to vomit properly.

I pay my premiums, I expect coverage. I think that's reasonable. Our family is also working hard on a low-fat, veggie rich diet, and we exercise regularly. Unfortunately, GERD and IBS run in the family. I guess we get to play Big Pharma russian roulette, managed by our insurance carrier. Thanks, guys! Puke on you!

Call Congress, please. and ask your representative if they are worthy enough for Nexium. Because the rest of us aren't.

Originally posted to mcd on Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 06:44 PM PDT.

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