I agree with you and glad that Senator is doing something. Not only our pharmaceutical are robbing us, our AMA-doctor-pharma-court nexus is robbing us of common sense treatment that doctors would prescribe if they were not afraid of following protocols to avoid mal practise law suites.
Example: I was prescribed long acting insulin when my A1c just touched 7, courtesy of Dr Bernstein of NY. One friend was taking long acting insulin for 20 years with A1c staying around 6. Before Dr Bernstein, I saw many traditional doctor in Michigan and they WILL NOT prescribe lantus. Their reasoning was a) my numbers were not bad enough, b) what they did not tell me that protocol was not to prescribe insulin until a1c reaches 8-9. At these levels are beta cells in pancreas are burned and one basically has type 1 diabetes. What the traditional doctors were telling me to wait till my diabetes is in no-return position. Dr Bernstein tested my pancreas, and after he found that some of my beta cells were still active. He said," The long acting insulin will give the needed rest to pancreas so remaining beta cells will not be damaged". It worked and after 10 years of lantus, my A1c is between 6.2-6.6. Dr bernstein saved my life style, or else I may be amputated by now. I have only taken 5-6 units of lantus for 10 years.
I urge all prediabetics and all whose a1c is below 8, should test their insulin production and try to restore the undamaged cell by taking lantus. There is test for insulin production ,C-peptide.
Last but not the least, please walk 30-45 minutes after every meal. If working, please go to rest room and do 10 situps, stop, and do 10 again, stop and 10 again. This will shave 50 points from your peak sugar reading and help protect the organs.
For inspiration, at 73, I have no cataract, no kidney issue so far. I try walking after every meal. This tip was also from Dr Bernstein. Flatenning the peak sugar reading is really a powerful tool to keep side effects of diabetes manageable.
I hope I am of some help to some body.