If They Vote, Do They Not Deserve Healthcare?
Tom Suozzi, Nassau County Executive and challenger to Eliot Spitzer's bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, has a problem. A petty, bigoted, mean-spirited problem. He doesn't think dead people are entitled to Medicaid.
Mr. Suozzi said a review of records in Nassau found Medicaid had paid managed care companies for at least 47 patients for six months, on average, after they had died. Statewide, he said, such mistakes could cost $1 million a year.
Let's see this for what it is - lifeism. Suozzi's record on dead people's rights is basically non-existent. And now he's made it abundantly clear he doesn't give a wit about their basic rights to receive the same taxpayer-funded transfer payments they received while they were still above ground.
Frankly, reputed lifeist Mr. Spitzer's record is no better.
...[A] spokesman for the attorney general's office said that it had aggressively pursued fraud and that the crackdown was nothing new.
The spokesman, Paul Larrabee, said Mr. Spitzer was aware of the problem of overpayments made after patients died and had already recovered millions of dollars. A report from his agency last week cited the examples of two nursing homes that refunded $3 million for overbilling in such cases.
Just because these New Yorkers are now pushing up daisies doesn't mean we should be pushing up the cost of their long-term coverage. They'd be spinning in their graves, if only they had the kind of basic post-mortem healthcare that offered them the energy and vitality for post-interment spinning.
[Side note: There's an unconfirmed rumor making the rounds that a zombie-American tried to visit Mr. Suozzi's office last week to discuss the matter and/or eat his brains, but was unable to comprehend the screening procedures at the security checkpoint. After running amok for several minutes, despite numerous admonishings from security personnel to put his arms down at his sides and stop biting passersby, the individual was felled by a single shot to the head. The firing officer (described by neighbors as a radical lifeist) has been brought up on aggravated hate crime charges for his assault on the undead individual.]
The fact that Suozzi and Spitzer are preying on the most vulnerable New Yorkers can only come back to bite them, no matter who makes it to November's general election. We know that the dead (who skew overwhelmingly Democratic) are voting in record numbers in recent elections. And with the death tax, fertilizer subsidies, and the existence of God all on this year's debate agenda, neither candidate can afford to lose the exanimate vote.
Handcrafted by Flip on April 5, 2006 |
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