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“Compassionate Conservatardism” is truly at the Heart of the Bush Regime.

October 24, 2006

If you are a disabled person on Medicare and you need a new wheelchair, you better purchase it before November 15th, 2006. In an article the Associated Press called Cuts in Medicare hurt wheelchair users sheds a little light on the whole conservatard affair.Don’t let the liberals have a wheelchair!

Patricia Meier, a 63-year-old quadriplegic and Medicare recipient, needs to replace the wheelchair she has used for five years. Normally, Meier could simply use her Medicare benefits to replace the power wheelchair, which adjusts her position to prevent sores, with another one from WestMed Rehab Inc., a medical supplier near her home in Box Elder, S.D. But WestMed, along with several other suppliers across the country, says it will no longer provide power wheelchairs to most Medicare recipients after Nov. 15, when cuts in Medicare reimbursements go into effect.

The Medicare changes are intended to eliminate widespread fraud identified by the Health and Human Services Department, which oversees the program.

… If Meier were to replace her chair without using Medicare, it could cost her between $17,000 and $20,000. With Medicare, she would pay only 20 percent of that.

“When I was able-bodied I bought cars cheaper than that,” said Meier, who was injured in a car accident 20 years ago. “I don’t know how I would be able to afford it.”

With other suppliers saying they, too, won’t be able to provide mobility equipment to many of their customers, those living with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other conditions could be without the wheelchairs they need to get around.

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 19, 6:38 AM ET

Well it’s good to know that the Bushtard administration is so concerned about fraud and waste of American taxpayer dollars. It’s good to know that in its infinite wisdom and “compassion” the Bush administration has decided to start playing hardball with the services that directly benefit the sick and the poor.

Mr. C. understands the wisdom of attacking wheelchair manufacturers instead of defense contractors. Heck government investigators would have to travel half way around the world to gather evidence that proves fraud and waste from companies like Bechtel, Halliburton, and DynCorp. Investigating companies like that would take effort and could embroil the government in legal battles. Better to leave sleeping defense contractors lie and not disturb them.

This is a great opportunity for the Bushtards to show their Christian faith and stand up for the sick and poor. Who cares if by cracking down on Medicare fraud the most vulnerable and poor are being screwed over? The sick and poor need to understand that BushCo is helping them in the long run by cracking down on waste and fraud now, so that Medicare can continue to help them in the future. Even if Medicare is only a shell of what it used to be BushCo is determined to keep it around.

Besides, how much have the cripples contributed to the GOP? How much money has the wheelchair industry contributed to help keep the Republican Party in the majority? When will the sick and poor start stepping up to the plate like Real Americans and start sending their extra money, that would otherwise be wasted on medicine, and give it to the Conservatards? Unfortunately this will never happen, as the sick and poor are sadly estranged from the concept of Compassionate Conservatardism.

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