Monday, March 21, 2005

Medicaid funding, and a culture of money

Today the American Progress Action Fund's Progress Report points out that Tom DeLay has taken every opportunity to vote to slash Medicaid funding—which has paid for Terri Schiavo’s care:

Schiavo’s medications are paid for by Medicaid. Just last week, DeLay marshaled a budget resolution through the House of Representatives that would cut funding for Medicaid by threatening the quality of care for people like Terri Schiavo. Because the Senate voted to restore the funding, DeLay is threatening to hold up the entire budget process if he doesn't get his way.

Also worth mentioning: DeLay has taken nearly $783,000 from health care interests since 1989. Health professionals are his second top contributing industry, and pharmaceutical/health products rank second. Makes you wonder.

Passionate people may disagree over the Terri Schiavo case. But one thing we should all agree on: People in need of health care should be able to receive it, and DeLay's vote to slash Medicaid funding, on which the Schiavos depend for care, is indefensible in this light. It's not enough to say you support a culture of life while your actions lead to gutting the funds for the very programs that lead to healthier lives.


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