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Everyday Erinyes #162

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Furies, health care, prisons, money, co-pays, prison jobs, California, AB 45, public health )

- 97 days ago -
A post on TomCat's blog. Health care plus prisons plus money.


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Donna T (0)
Saturday April 13, 2019, 8:23 am
thank you

Pat B (354)
Saturday April 13, 2019, 9:56 am
Gawd, I d/not know about this, but it certainly is heartbreaking and depressing for those inmates who are sick, and/or disabled to get the care that they need. The prisons need to change this, and do away with the co-pay. It's like banging your head on a wall, and then not getting help for fixing the wound. Medical aid should be given to all, no matter who you are, and where one is.

This is blatant disregard for those incarcerated, and their rights. It's inhumane, imho. 

Thanks, Joanne for this post, and set the Furies with a vengeance to protect them. 

Gene J (289)
Saturday April 13, 2019, 10:30 am
“We’ve seen in California and across the country what happens when incarcerated people are denied medical help because of this stigma. People die. Please do not allow this false idea about incarcerated people to direct your policy choices. AB 45 will save lives.”

Well, if copays are NOT eliminated, then ANY sentence for any offense can easily become a death sentence. That is not the purpose of incarceration for anything but a capital crime, and not really even then. I would think the ACLU would be active in some way legally challenging any system which does not provide adequate health care to involuntarily kept persons, regardless the reason. Those seven named states are the pit of hell in this nation. The others aren't much better. Our entire prison system needs complete reform, it's purpose is rehabilitation not retribution, learning skills to help people avoid resorting to breaking the law to live or for whatever reason they did what they did. It is much cheaper to heal people than to house them indefinitely, or allow them to become so ill they are incapable of self support upon release. We are such a backward species, all over this world, we're a virus, a plague. Were the planet sentient, I wouldn't blame it for excising us from it's skin. As we would with any such affliction to our own bodies. At this point, given what is happening here and around the world, I am near rooting for climate change. Perhaps the next sentient species to arise will be better than we, they could hardly be worse.

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday April 13, 2019, 12:13 pm
Like Pat, I did not know about this. I find it absolutely disgusting! Affordable and timely healthcare should be a human right no matter what your situation. But I forgot, this is the US where affordable healthcare is only for the wealthy. What makes things worse is the fact that the US has the highest rate of incarceration and too many Republicans.

Resist, Persist, Remove!!!

Lock HIM up!!!

Silence is Consent!!!

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday April 13, 2019, 5:28 pm
This is new to me, as well, but, I am not especially surprised, cynic that I can be. “What, spend money on ‘them?”
Well said, Lynn!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Saturday April 13, 2019, 7:36 pm
Everytime the American prison system comes up, it’s through another appalling defect. There’s no rhyme or reason behind incarceration except blunt, dehumanizing punishment no matter what the crime. If you are poor or belong to a minority, that is. Their right to vote is taken away, their food is bad and unhealthy, the few jobs there are there for them, are bartered with and the pay for work is almost non-existent, there’s little or no intention to rehabilitate these inmates, and now it is clear that these inmates have little or no access to health care.

In most prisons they would just like to lock people up, throw away the key and forget about them. Unless you have money to buy yourself the extras and then some, of course. I don’t think the Manaforts of this world are denied any health care; they probably can have their own physicians come in.

The Furies can do their level best to convince the Appropriations Committee of the California legislature to make the right decision, but that should only be a start. The whole system, in every state, is in desperate need of a major overhaul.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday April 13, 2019, 10:15 pm
Like others mentioned above, I was unaware of the health care issue regarding people who are incarcerated.
These people are still human being and deserve to be taken care of.
Sick of reading/hearing how Money plays such a big role. The rich being treated like they are kings and queens.
I pray that they do get a bill passed to take care of this issue....hopefully soon.
Thanks Joanne
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