Missouri Facing Reality
Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri announces that the State Government must be “right sized” in light of budget shortfalls:
Including, but not limited to, are:
— The elimination of in-home care services, such as bathing and cleaning, effective April 1, for 2,600 lower-income elderly or disabled people.
— Reduced state aid for public school buses and community health care clinics.
The reaction has been swift and furious:
Cindi Keele, executive director of the Missouri chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI of Missouri), said, “In times of economic downturn, it is critically important for Missouri to protect both the mental health system and those who need Medicaid mental health services. I shudder to think how these cuts will affect thousands of Missouri’s families, already suffering from disabilities, many of whom are terrified and calling our office for help.”
But for some social welfare advocates like Robin Acree, that’s not a good reason to cut Medicaid.She led the rally in the capitol rotunda.Acree had some harsh words for the governor.She said the governor is shirking his responsibility and breaking promises.
Even Kansas City’s own Alternative Newspaper gets in on bashing the Governor:
Compared with the citizens of Missouri, I’m thinking, prisoners in Alcatraz had it good. At least they were entitled to medical attention.
And goes on to say the Governor
and his pallies in the Legislature have seen to it that 100,000 innocent Missourians don’t get that privilege.
Oh. Wait. My mistake. All of those articles were from a few years ago, when Republican Governor Matt Blunt proposed, pushed for, and got many of the same sort of cuts to Missouri’s budget. And the above quotes were all found within a few moments from an internet search. A little bit longer, and I could find all sorts of heart-wrenching stories from the Kansas City Star that I recall reading at the time.
I guess it’s early, as the news of Nixon’s proposed cuts has just come out. I’m sure the very liberal newspaper editorial boards in Kansas City and St Louis will take the popular Democratic Governor (who I know the Star at least endorsed) to task for these heartless cuts to the poorest of our citizens. I’m certain all sorts of websites, letters to the editor, and protests will spring up to demand restoration of basic dignity.