This is part three of “Life or Debt,” Word In Black’s drug price series, exploring the ways Black folks living with chronic disease are forced to manage an expensive health care system. Read the series. 

“If my daughter goes 72 hours without insulin, she will die.” 

That’s what Tracy Ramey, a Columbus, Ohio mom says of her 12-year-old daughter who has Type 1 diabetes. As a volunteer diabetes advocate, she wants policymakers and politicians to understand the looming death that often hangs over people living with diabetes. This is partly because pharmaceutical companies can charge what they want for prescription drugs. 

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