We’re all in this together…..or are we?by Susan Moreno on Mar. 10, 2010, under brain disorders, depression, Health, health care reform, mental illness, Politics, recovery, stigma
According to an article in today’s Arizona Daily Star we may be asked to vote on another tax increase to keep the state from reducing the number of people covered under the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) – our state’s Medicaid system. An initiative for a tax that may make it to the election in November if all goes as planned could raise enough money to stop the state from cutting 310,000 people from the AHCCCS system. The tax could come as another “cigarette tax” or maybe some other kind of “sin” tax that wouldn’t necessarily impact every citizen paying taxes.
I don’t consider myself a “tax and spend” liberal, but if I had to choose one side I would definitely fall on the side of being a liberal because I believe we need to take care of our most vulnerable. In this case, those vulnerable 310,000 people that fall below the national poverty level, but aren’t destitute enough to qualify.
Talk about insanity……as I have said before, these people will be forced to go to emergency rooms when they need care, or in the case of a person with a serious mental illness that can’t pay for their treatment something even worse could happen. Also, according to the article, with proposed cuts the state could be loosing 42,000 jobs!
Most of us are struggling in today’s economy, that’s a fact, but we are all in this together. At least, I thought we were. Yesterday two out of three local school districts lost their appeal to voters to approve budget over-rides. If voters won’t approve a a very slight increase in property tax ($50 – $100 per year) to keep their school district’s head above water I’m not optimistic that they’ll vote to increase a “sin” tax for people that can’t afford health care. Now, that’s a sin.