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With our leaders in Washington, D.C. in constant turmoil with each other, I am deeply concerned that many of our basic medical issues are being ignored.

Over a million people with diabetes are insulin dependent. Each year an additional 40,000 face this diagnosis. Meanwhile, the prices for insulin have soared drastically leaving this vital drug out of reach for many.

It is shameful that our citizens cannot afford their medications -- for their livelihood and their lives. Some people are even driving to Canada where insulin is more affordable.

I urge people to call our congressional representatives to demand action for this crisis.

We are indeed a great democracy, but we must remind our elected leaders that we expect them to act for us. They seem to have forgotten our basic needs.

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