Thursday, September 01, 2005

Class Warfare in Missouri

The State of Missouri has decided, in its lack of wisdom, to make feeding tubes "optional" under Medicaid for poor people. This is class warfare in the truest sense of the term. If someone needs a feeding tube to survive, and if they can't afford to pay for the services, refusing to provide the treatment under Medicaid will usually be a death sentence. Missouri is also cutting off pillows to prevent bed sores, respiratory support, and other forms of treatment that can be necessary to keep people comfortable (or alive). This editorial in the St. Louis Post Dispatch has it just right.

Governor Blunt: You pander to the biotech industry and the Stowers Institute with your promotion of human cloning, while you cut off necessary care for poor people. Shame on you.


At September 02, 2005 , Blogger Sue Bob said...

This is unbelievable! Next, they'll be refusing other comman forms of medical care to the poor and disabled. My sister is profoundly retarded and living in a State School. She recently had gall bladder surgery.

With this sort of thinking, she could have been denied such care.

At September 02, 2005 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

Let us hope it doesn't go that far. But to ensure that it doesn't we need to reinvigorate our commitment to the intrisic equality of each of us--regardless of our capacities. Thanks for writing.

At September 08, 2005 , Blogger Maggie said...

This is discrimination at its worst. I think it is wrong to enact laws that discriminate against the poor.
Where is justice in this world?


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