I had to pay over $200 for prescriptions when I was sick without insurance. For years I would simply not buy medicine unless it was absolutely necessary. I spent about 2 years having an impacted wisdom tooth flare up and get infected, tearing through my gum and hurting like all hell. I would go weeks at a time unable to eat solid foods but I just never went to the dentist because I didn't have insurance. I talked to people but the price quotes were WAY out of my range.
I don't think the OP is exaggerating and even if they are, there are plenty of people out there with that problem.
Maybe they should talk to the Chosen One about banning an OTC drug and forcing people with mild asthma to now get prescription drugs.
I was prescribed a cream for my hands. One 3 oz tube was $1,000.00. I have no insurance. I filled out a form, it was faxed to the manufacturer. I got a code number. The pharmacist put the code number in instead of the insurance number and I did not pay a DIME for my cream.
I've never had insurance. I have paid for everything out of pocket. I worked out payment plans. I got a health care credit card and it's good at the veterinarian too. Not one time have I ever thought that paying for my prescriptions or care was someone else's responsibility. Not once.