The Rush to Abandon the Poor

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The Rush to Abandon the Poor

Postby ilikebeans » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:07 pm

Yes, it's an editorial in the NY Times, but consider the following facts:
A quarter of the residents of Texas, 6.3 million people, are uninsured, by far the highest percentage in the country. (That number includes more than a million children.) Texas ranks last in prenatal care and finished last on a new federal assessment of overall health quality that examined factors like disease prevention, deaths from illnesses, and cancer treatment.

Yet Gov. Rick Perry [...] recently told the Obama administration that he would proudly refuse a huge infusion of Medicaid money that would significantly reduce those shameful statistics and cover 1.7 million more people.
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Over the last year, for example, eight states have cut or eliminated cash welfare payments to their poorest residents. It happened last week in Pennsylvania, where 61,000 residents — almost all of whom are disabled and poor — were told that they would abruptly lose their $200 monthly general assistance payments, all to save $150 million a year. Our hands are tied by a tightening budget, welfare officials told astonished recipients, though Gov. Tom Corbett’s hands didn’t seem restrained when he handed out $300 million in business tax cuts earlier this month.
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Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has cut hundreds of millions from education, but when the state found itself with a $235 million surplus a few weeks ago, he announced that it would all go into a rainy-day fund, doing nothing to deal with rising classroom sizes. In Maine, Gov. Paul LePage — who compared the health care reform law to the Holocaust — signed a budget bill in May that will reduce or eliminate existing Medicaid coverage for 21,000 people.

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Re: The Rush to Abandon the Poor

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:42 pm

They don't care. Overly stringent voter ID laws will make sure the poor won't matter at the ballot box.

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Re: The Rush to Abandon the Poor

Postby Stella_Guru » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:32 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:They don't care. Overly stringent voter ID laws will make sure the poor won't matter at the ballot box.

They make the plunder of the poor and working poor sound like a divine right. But in truth it is an expression of fear, the same kind of underlying fear as found in Cornbread's posts. Rough weather ahead for many.
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Re: The Rush to Abandon the Poor

Postby Cornbread » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:35 pm

A quarter of the residents of Texas, 6.3 million people, are uninsured, by far the highest percentage in the country.

Where did they get that number?
How many of that 6.3 are illegals?
How many of that 6.3 are young adults, ya know, the people LEAST likely to buy health insurance because, well, they're young and healthy?

(That number includes more than a million children.)

OMG! OMG! OMG! Children are people too?!?!?!?
That's it, we need to give texas 100 billion dollars because there are children!


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