Words in common use cannot accurately describe a headline for this article therefore we leave it to our readers to come up with one. Not only is the subject one of debate, but what has transpired here is worse than murder. See below!
Everyone knows about the profligacy of big government, but New York’s Governor Cuomo is telling the Federal Government to shove it. What is at stake here is $1.3 billion. The Feds have demanded that New York cough up the money because their Medicaid costs for caring for 1300 developmentally disabled people was off the charts. One may ask how much did it cost to care for these patients? And that is a valid question. This is where the “murder” charge comes in. THE COST PER PATIENT WAS $2,000,000 (TWO MILLION PER PATIENT). This is not a misprint.
In 2011, New York charged a per-diem rate of $5,118 for residents of the institutions, a network of 11 centers that now house about 1,300 people with severe developmental disabilities. Over the course of a year, Medicaid spends $1.9 million for every resident, or $2.5 billion in total—with half coming from the federal government. But the cost of running the institutions is only a quarter of that amount.
The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were alerted to these obscene costs when called to their attention by a series of articles by the Poughkeepsie Journal back in 2010. The CMS investigation proved very enlightening. Lack procedures, no documentation and failure to abide by federal reporting requirements. Thus far Governor Cuomo is telling the Federal Government to go pound sand we are keeping the money.
We compare Cuomo and the State of New York with an individual scamming welfare or unemployment insurance; when caught they cry the old sob story, the money is gone and we can’t pay it back. “PAY UP Cuomo” you are no better than a common criminal.
Where did the money go? Another question that needs answers. We hazard a guess – to Cuomo supporters working the facilities that housed the patients. And people call the TEA PARTY a bunch of CRAZIES? They have it all backwards, Progressives such as Andrew Cuomo are the problem not the solution to Big Government. Time for the rest of the nation to rise up and fight these demons.
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
The New Boston Tea Party where “REVOLUTION IS THE SOLUTION”
“May a Piece be With You”