“Lauren Baumann is one of the lucky ones.
“Though she has cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia, it is manageable, as long as she takes a daily pill called Gleevec. Gleevec is considered a wonder drug, turning Lauren’s leukemia from a death sentence to a disease she and thousands of others can live with. The problem is, even with health insurance and a full-time job, Lauren can’t afford the monthly co-pay for Gleevec. It can be as high as $2,000 a month — twice the average mortgage payment in the U.S.
” ‘I feel like you get punished,’ says Baumann. ‘I didn’t ask to get cancer; I didn’t ask to get sick. I was 26 and I was perfectly healthy.’ “