Indigent care crisis looms

  • Article by: CHEN MAY YEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2009 - 12:12 AM

Influx of General Assistance Medical Care enrollees into MinnesotaCare would create a health fund deficit by 2011.

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mutt10RDec. 15, 09 8:19 AM

The strategy - set up a lose-lose policy, then, when it fails, cry out for privatization because "government programs never work."

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gardogleeDec. 15, 09 9:06 AM

This is another huge example of how the Governor implements his "No new taxes" pledge by shifting costs to others. The solutions now being designed use federal and county money, levy new surcharges on hospitals, take money out of the Minnesota Care fund, and lower the already inadequate reimbursement rate to hospitals and other medical care providers. Under Pawlenty's rules, taking money from hospitals, doctors, other programs, counties and the federal government is not a tax, presumably because he doesn't want to call it that, so it is all fine with him. So when he siad "No new taxes" he didn't mean "We won't take more money from people and organizations", he meant "We won't call taking money from people and organizations a tax."

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cronnDec. 15, 0911:46 AM

I have been a stong proponent of Gov. Pawlenty over the years and I know that our State, like most others, is in the midst of tough economic times. However, turning our backs on people who have little or nothing, due to disability or other "non-choice" factors, is flat out wrong. I'm not an evangelist by any means, but this time of year reminds me of one of the few bible verses I know (somewhat anyway): JC: "In as much as you do it unto the least of these, you do it unto me. And in as much as you fail to do it unto the least of these, you fail to do it unto me.". This isn't about freeloaders or welfare abusers... it's about people who have no choice in the bad hand they've been dealt, particularly the mentally ill. Please consider their plight.

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sundooberDec. 15, 09 2:03 PM

Makes me shudder to think of it. Of course, the wealthy would have even less reason to share: the poor will just die off quietly, in boxes in parks, right?

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asdf15Dec. 15, 09 3:30 PM

I'm sure the free market is perfectly capable of solving this problem.

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