Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Die faster... 

The Biloxi Sun Herald
Hours after Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill that removes 65,000 people from Medicaid, more than 100 people rallied at the Capitol and asked him to reconsider.

Barbour said he stands by the plan and he won't add Medicaid to the list of issues lawmakers can debate during their current special session. The plan takes effect when the new budget year starts July 1, and Barbour said it will save the state $106 million a year.

Responding to a question, the governor said it's wrong for some House members to say the Medicaid changes will cause widespread suffering or even death.
"We just are not going to ask the taxpayers of Mississippi who work two or three jobs to pay taxes to pay for free health care for people who can work and take care of themselves and just choose not to," Barbour said during a bill signing ceremony in his Capitol office.
Barbour is one evil bastard. People are going to die because of this bill. Medicaid is often the final safety net in the health care circus. Without it, many people will not be able to afford their prescription drugs.

Barbour's real message today is simple. Poor people should hurry and die. Compassionate conservatism at its finest.