That's not what the Cuban government says. In an article published on Prensa Latina (which we don't link to here) Cuba claims the embargo has cost the country $86 billion since it was first implemented. Not that you can believe a single statistic Cuba releases but certainly the embargo has cost Cuba a boatload of dollars. Dollars that would be be further used to enrich castro and his sycophants and to finance Cuban internationalist adventures around the globe and NOT spent toward helping everyday Cubans. So next time somebody tells you the embargo doesn't work, tell them that Cuba seems to think it does. If it didn't work why would there be so much pressure to remove it?