Friday, February 04, 2011

Helpful Advice

Yeah, right, this is going to help states out when it comes to Medicaid expenses.

On Thursday, in a move that reflected both the changing political landscape and the still-troubled economy, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to governors suggesting a range of cuts, including removal of some people from the program. ...

The Obama administration is suggesting that governors could cut optional health benefits that many Medicaid programs offer, such as physical therapy, dental care, eyeglasses and even some prescription drugs.

States could also require beneficiaries to pay more for some of these services.

After all, the people using Medicaid (MediCal in California) are poor. They probably don't vote. And besides, they are entitled to the same things that rich people are, the best medical care money can buy. If they don't have the money, well, they get what they deserve, which ain't much.

Besides, glasses, fillings for cavities, physical therapy after injuries, medicine, these are just frills, luxuries, if you will. Surely they can eat cake without the icing.

It is to die for.

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Blogger PurpleGirl said...

Iguess we need to remind the administration of the teenager who died in Maryland of a dental infection. There are indications that mouth and gum problems could play a role in the inflammation of the various other organs, including the brain, and could play a role in Alzheimer's. People need medications to take the place of or augment hormones and other bodily chemicals so they can maintain a healthier state. Will they take away blood pressure or diabetes medications? Penny wise is pound foolish, to the nth degree.

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