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    Governor Bredesen Issues Life Sentences to Vent Users

    June 17, 2005 8:43 AM

    Governor Bredesen Issues Life Sentences to Vent Users.

    Before and after a media event Governor Bredesen, of Tennessee, was confronted about several issues surrounding the states TennCare cuts. Under
    a special category of TennCare there are around one hundred individuals who use ventilators that receive support services in there own homes. Governor Bredesens plan to cut TennCare includes cutting the TennCare coverage that allows individuals that are vent dependent to live independent lives. Some live in their own homes, some with family or friends but they are all free
    Americans. When asked directly by Randy Alexander what his plans were in relation to these specific cuts Governor Bredesen replied, Im not going to cut their services Im just going to put then in the nursing home.

    So you are saying, you, will institutionalize people because they have a disability asked Randy Alexander? Yes, replied Bredesen, I care about them, Im not cutting their services Im going to provide their services in a nursing home, the Governor continued.

    Are you going to sentence them to prison for the crime of having a disability? A nursing home is an institution, an institution is imprisonment and you are saying today, right now, you are willing to sentence them to prison for the crime of having a disability, asked Alexander. Governor Bredesen began to step away as he said, the state cannot afford to pay for the services of these one hundred people.

    We are talking about basic human rights here, you have admitted today you, this state, is willing to imprison people simply because they have a
    disability, said Alexander before the Governor had a chance to walk away.

    The Governors plan is to do just that, issue life sentences to those who use vents. He is willing to take away the freedoms of over one hundred people in this state simply because they have a disability.

    i can just see it a one hundred bed facility for vent patients, mass care is probably cheaper.

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    i only wanted to have some fun

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    This is so short sighted. It has been shown over and over that cheaper, much less better quality (which of course he is not concerned with) care can be provided with appropriate in-home PCA care compared to institutional care, even for those on vents.

    I hope those concerned about this in TN are working with ADAPT to challenge this in the courts.

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    Thanks for posting this in life instead of politics.

    Although this is very political.

    When federal grants to states lower..and the states themselves are in monetary trouble due to insufficient revenues..and jobs in general thus tax revenue this will happen.

    It will not stop in Tennessee unfortunately though..

    This is another example of going backwards.
    Evidently these 100 persons are not in the 10% that can afford private elite care.
    So what do we do?

    We have no cure..just arguments about cures.
    Now care is being retrofitted to make room for more wars..and injustices.

    What do we do?
    Outsource patients to countries that do keep their loved ones at home..sure the care is not high quality often..but the love sure is.

    Or gee maybe find revenue to keep these people home with their loved in some dignity and independence of relying on strangers in so called nursing homes. Some are alright I guess..but how many are not alright?

    See where this is going?
    If anyone feels immune to this..well we all thought we had the immunity already and guess what evolved back to the past. Amazing.
    Pathetic. Injustice for many.

    If ones mind is operating...functioning..and able to make sensible decisions..they don't belong to the state to with as they feel fit to do. They are living, loving, thinking, human beings that are not vegetated.

    They can live at home...they can even work from home as many taxes..contribute to society..write books..write articles..figure out problems that others can't even foresee. This is being a human being.

    What can we do?

    "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk foreward." FDR

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    If any of you check on wheelcair junkie, you will see the letter I posted on a thread regarding this same thing. Let me see if I can set up the link if you are interested....darn it won't work...let me close this thing and I will try again.

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