Rick Scott kicks the needy

You know, I’ve seen a lot of really awful things done by Republican governors in the past few months, but this really, really takes the cake:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott ordered deep cuts Thursday to programs that serve tens of thousands of residents with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other developmental disabilities.

Though a range of state services face cuts from this year’s Legislature, the governor invoked his emergency powers to order the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities to immediately roll back payments to group homes and social workers by 15 percent — an amount providers say could put them out of business and threaten their clients’ safety.

“lt’s not like, ‘Gee, does this mean I have to skip a vacation this year?'” said Amy Van Bergen, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. “Potentially, these cuts have life and death implications for these people.”

An estimated 30,000 Floridians with severe developmental disabilities receive services that help them live outside of nursing homes — typically with family or in small group homes. Aides help them eat, bathe, take medication and otherwise care for themselves.

Yes, but are they a PROFIT CENTER? I think not!

6 thoughts on “Rick Scott kicks the needy

  1. This sickens me.

    I am a nurse. Slowly I am seeing that all social programs we have devised to help one another are being steadily eaten away by Republican psychopaths. Ideology trumps humanity.

    How do these monsters get elected? Who are we?

  2. Wow, you sure are brave. Are you ready for the onslaught of site traffic you are going to get when Sarah Palin responds to this attack on specshal (sic) needs children ?


  3. I don’t believe that Palin is going to protest any such cuts. After all she is capable of taking care of her son herself and tax cuts for the wealthy are much, much more important than group homes for people who will never vote.

  4. In a really fast Google, I found several videos of her claiming to support special needs programs, but one CNN video of a McCain campaign worker being asked about Palin as governor cutting special needs services by 62% in Alaska.

  5. Not for himself to die quickly, of course. Just the useless poor, disabled, elderly, chronically ill, etc., are supposed to die off quickly and same money for the rich, especially those who aren’t likely to vote Republican.

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