There’s no better illustration of the priorities of Arnold Schwarzenegger than this report from Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper in the LA Times, explaining that this Friday’s May Revise is likely to include a proposal to eliminate health care services for children and the elderly:
Administration officials declined to reveal which specific programs the governor would eliminate. But officials involved in the budget process, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly, said they would probably include home healthcare for the elderly and disabled, a nearly $2-billion program that serves 440,000 Californians. Cuts that lawmakers and the governor made to the program in an effort to balance the budget have been blocked by legal rulings over the last year.
The article included a lot of whining from the governor’s office, including Susan Kennedy, about the fact that there is such a thing called “the law” and that these pesky, obnoxious people called “judges” are using “the law” to prevent the governor from destroying the lives of California’s elderly and children by denying them health care.
But the key takeaway here is about the cuts themselves, and not about the legal fight over those cuts.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to eliminate health care for the elderly and for kids – risking the health and, ultimately, risking the lives of these people. And for what purpose? So that he can avoid raising taxes on the rich.
He believes that it is more important to keep taxes low on the wealthy than to ensure that old folks and children have the health care they need.
Such a proposal is beyond outrageous, it is inhuman. Sacramento Democrats should reject it outright. Californians do not agree with taking health care away from people who need it just to give the wealthy another tax break.