As the pro-life and christian groups fight to save one life, Terry Schiavo, they ignore the hundred (maybe thousands) who are dying due to lack of health care insurance and major cutbacks in Medicaid.
As Fred Grimm notes, their heroic crusade for the disabled was limited to a single person.
Meanwhile, The Herald’s Carol Marbin Miller reports that at least four disabled Floridians under the receding care of the state Medicaid program have died in recent months in circumstances tinged by neglect.
The specific causes were respiratory, a seizure, a bowel impaction and an infection at the base of a young woman’s feeding tube. The suspicion, acute enough to spark an investigation by the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities (a federally funded watchdog agency), is that the deaths were engendered by cutbacks at the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
These were people whose disabilities required considerable care looked after by an agency that has figured how to save millions lately by increasing the caseload of care-givers.
Very Interesting Read:
A federally funded watchdog group is investigating the recent deaths of four disabled Floridians amid an aggressive state campaign to cut millions of dollars from programs that provide medical care for disabled people in community settings.
So where is their concern for these lost souls? Where is their protests for these abandoned lives? Why are they not concerned for the ones dieing because of cutbacks?
The answer lies in money. They are concerned with you as long as you have money and are white. If you are poor, you will be ignored. If you are black, not only will you be ignored, but also you will be looked down upon, when they do pay attention to you.
“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”
Unfortunately, he was naively mistaken. You are these things because we live in a society and the society sets the norms and they believe you are these things.