Control Spending with Care: “Federal Budget Cuts Will Have Ripple Effect”

Carol Westlake, Executive Director of the Tennessee Disability Coalition, represents the Coalition to Control Spending with Care on Channel 5. Dylan Brown is a patient who could be affected if Medicare spending is targeted for cuts.

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Westlake said in the past patients who cost the most typically endure some of the cuts first.

“They have been about cutting people off the program, limiting the population of people served, or limiting benefits in a pretty draconian way,” Westlake added.

With President Obama not giving up on a four trillion dollar deficit reduction plan, it’s believed major cuts will be felt on the local level.

But getting a deal done, cutting costs, and still putting patients first is what the President needs to do, according to local health care advocates.

“Simply making cuts to the health care system sort of with a blunt instrument that says take money out, without taking a look at what really drives health care spending, we don’t think will actually achieve savings,” Westlake explained.

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Which reminds us of something that’s been floating around The Facebook for a couple of months now: “Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR, and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in taxpayer-funded bail outs, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah…me neither.”

Why are we – and by “we” I mean our elected officials – even putting cuts in Medicaid for seniors, families and people with disabilities on the table while supporting tax breaks for billionaires and loopholes for corporate CEOs?

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One Response to “Control Spending with Care: “Federal Budget Cuts Will Have Ripple Effect””
  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it is a shame that we have not done something before now. The federal government could help with the budget if they would let the contractors go and put the employees to work. They have employees that wal around most of the day doing nothing, because the contractors are doing their work for them. They are making BIG salaries and not doing anything to earn it. I know they say hiring contrators will say in the long run, but why should we waste tax payers money. The government should be looked at carefully where contractors are employed. There should be an assessment made as the whether or not they are needed, and if not, the contract should be terminated.

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