Thursday, April 14, 2005


I must say, the budget of the state of Missouri is stretched tighter than a gnat's ass over a rain barrel. Dollars are short, there is always too much month at the end of the money.

So recently, the Missouri legislature voted to cut medicare benefits to many residents - and those kinds of cuts hurt. It affected my Mom, for instance, who's challenged by many medical problems. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a proponent of programs that allow people to be lazy... the state doesn't owe you a living. But this is one of those ironic situations where the cut hurts those who work, but don't make enough to pay for medical expenses.

Here's where I have a problem with politicians. When a (highly symbolic but meaningful) proposal was floated by a few state lawmakers to cut their own medical benefits by 20 percent... guess what. They voted NOT to.

As I've said before... and will until I see evidence to the contrary... politicians suck in the worst way.

1 comment:

Dr. Mike said...

We need Medicare to cut our benefits! The way our healthcare system has been changing lately (controlled by the insurance companies) why not just quit seeing physicians and just call the insurance companies for treatment recommendations-- They seem to have all the answers. Instead of paying a reasonable amount of care for outstanding healthcare by a board certified physician, let's just pay a "membership fee" to the insurance company and get our health advice from a minimum-wage insurance-adjustor schmuck.

If we cut our medicare benefits, who will deny our benefits?!