Nothing like old news
With all the activity on the site yesterday, you might have missed this
column in the Daily News. It looks like Gov. Ed Rendell and the legislature are going to try and balance the budget on the backs of poor people. And what's worse, they're going to do it on the backs of poor sick
This year there's a plan to limit services to 1.7 million Pennsylvanians eligible for state and federal medical aid, many of them working poor, many of them miserably poor, many elderly, sick and poor.
The limits cut prescriptions to six per month for some, three for others; add co-pays; limit hospital admissions to two per year for some, one for others; cap doctor visits to 18 per year; reduce ambulance service, X-ray service and more.
And you might think, well heck, we're helping 1.7 million folks already, and who needs 18 trips to the doctor or two trips to the hospital and, as Gov. Ed repeatedly says, at least we're not lopping people off.
If you think this way, you're qualified to serve in the state House.
Think it through.
Who needs more than six prescriptions a month or more than 18 doctor visits a year or more than two hospital admissions?
The chronically ill, that's who, poor people with cancer and heart disease, the sickest, most disabled, most vulnerable. And that's where we want government to save money?
And not cutting people off? Well, if you keep the people who need the most care from getting the most care, aren't you eventually cutting them off?
I just find it maddening that the place politicians look to save money is so often the very the place society is most noble in spending it.
Go read the whole thing. And then get the pitchforks ready.