And what Missouri did was eliminate Medicaid for as many as 100,000 people, about 10% of its caseload, to save an estimated $310 million this fiscal year.
It stopped paying for so-called optional items like feeding tubes, walkers, crutches, prosthetics and physical therapy. It raised health care premiums for low-income families. It cut off Medicaid for disabled people who work part-time...
Well, besides cost savings, the Missouri plan produced media reports of hardship, like the disabled woman who wound up in a nursing home with body sores from a wheelchair because Medicaid stopped paying for her body braces.
Or the man who lost fingers to amputation, and blamed it on Medicaid cuts. Or a man who killed himself after Medicaid cut off his medication.
Granted, Medicaid costs Michigan $7.5 billion in state and federal funds, but the majority of that money covers health care for children, elderly and disabled people. As Mikevotes points out, "Why is it when the matter of social programs are brought up, Republicans talk about not wanting to just "throw money at the problem," and yet when the issue is defense or terrorism, that is all they want to do?"
Mike also points out that the Pentagon lost track of assets worth 1.3 TRILLION dollars.
Call it class warfare if you want, but I think there is something morally wrong with a person - and a country - that would consider taking health care away from its most vulnerable citizens.