TX GOP budget slashing pushes elderly out

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    Not content to just gut spending on education during the last legislative session, the GOP controlled state government also cut so deeply into Medicaid and Medicare funding that rest homes are closing, leaving elderly patients and their families scrambling to find care. And, there's more cuts coming if the current Lege doesn't restore funding, an unlikely event.

    Of course, state subsidies and tax breaks for corporations go right on unabated.

    Screw the old and infirm. They should have planned better, huh?



    1:01 am - January 17, 2013 — Updated: 1:01 am - January 17, 2013
    Gunter’s Hilltop Haven closing doors March 16

    "...The decision to close Hilltop Haven, Scott said, came after “significant, on-going financial losses.” She explained, the Gunter facility gets much of its revenue from Medicaid, and recent cuts have decreased that funding..."

    http://heralddemocrat.com/sections/news/local/gunter’s-hilltop-haven-closing-doors-march-16.html


    THCA: House and Senate Budget Blueprints Shortchange Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care, Ignore Last Session's $58 Million Medicaid Cut, Disregard Ongoing Budget Chaos In Washington

    Published: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 1:43 PM ET

    "AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of Texas' nursing homes already scrambling to absorb $58 million in Medicaid cuts from the 82nd legislative session, $234 million in 2012 Medicare cuts with the threat of more in 2013, and nearly $1 billion in cumulative state underfunding according to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) said the budget blueprints put out by the House and Senate shortchange the rising care needs of Texas' oldest, most vulnerable citizens..."


    THCA: House and Senate Budget Blueprints Shortchange Texas Seniors' Nursing Home Care, Ignore Last Session's $58 Million Medicaid Cut, Disregard Ongoing Budget Chaos In Washington
     
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    It's not that the state doesn't have the money; it's that they spend it on something else...like tax breaks and subsidies to corporations.

    It's a matter of priorities and the poor and elderly just aren't a very high priority for the GOP.
     
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    Get it right. Hussein cut Medicaid to fund his 3,000 page monstrosity that nobody read. For some reason libs believe that the Dept of Education actually educates people and the Dept of Energy furnishes energy etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Dept of education is a bloated bureaucracy that is in the business of creating stacks of regulations that impede education and the Dept Energy does the same thing to energy prices. Libs think government jobs stimulate the economy when all they do is shift confiscated money around. It's a zero sum gain. The federal government should not be an employment agency. Cut the dept of education in half and there won't be a ripple in the sub standard union based education system.
     
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    Probably so. What isn't questionable is that they love business more than the citizens of Texas. While Medicaid, Medicare and education are grossly underfunded, subsidies and tax breaks to businesses amounted about $19 billion just last year, which figures out to roughly 51 cents of each dollar spent in the state budget.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/us/winners-and-losers-in-texas.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


    I would say anybody would have a hard time justifying that, but I see that the righties and Nutter's are assiduously avoiding this thread. 48 views, but only 7 comments, 3 of which are mine. They won't even attempt a justification because there isn't one...is there?
     
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    So all these old people are naturally going to be tossed out on the street to die?

    I doubt it.

    What is probably more jarring to democrats is people losing health service jobs, government funded health service jobs. And we all know what party government funded workers usually vote for, right?
     
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    Reducing base line increases in school funding is hardly gutting education. There has been an increase in spending every year, some wanted to spend even less, some wants much more, just proves ya can't make everyone happy.
     
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    No, probably not. But most of them will end up at the remaining facilities, which will result in overcrowding and probably insufficient staff, or they'll wind up being taken home by their families who most likely will not have the skills, training or equipment to meet their unique needs or deal with life-threatening emergencies.

    I've been through that with my wife's 89 year old aunt and can tell you from personal experience that her frequent medical emergencies, which we could not handle, resulted in numerous ambulance rides to the ER for lack of any other option. That's pretty expensive and guess who commonly gets billed for that? Yep...Medicare or Medicaid.

    So, where's the savings?

    That's not the subject of this thread.
     

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