I’ve spent the last month engaged in some of the most frustrating debates I’ve ever experienced over federal funding for life and cost saving programs. The U.S. House vote to cut Title X funding is a classic case of politicians using the weapon of government to attacking an organization to the detriment of the people. Even the reigning King of Rancidity, Rep. Mike Pence of the infamous Pence Amendment, recently admitted that Title X programs work. But Pence could give a shit about that – he’s shamelessly waging war against Planned Parenthood while the anti-choice faithful fall dangerously in line during the current budget battle that puts one the most successful public programs on the books in peril.
So here we are – the Senate is the theatre and Title X funding is the political football.
Woo followed by hoo.
‘Tis a shame that some folks have a hard time understanding the simple fact that Title X programs save tax payers money, save lives, and are deserved of additional funds not funding cuts.
But Lawd knows that the only thing that brings on a case of intellectual lazitude quicker than a discussion of health care is a specific discussion of women’s health care.
The scary thing is that the new House has a pattern of doing this stupid shit.
Example – the new kids on the block in the House of Representatives have also cut 93% of the funding for poison control centers.
Poison control centers are used by regular folks like this bitch and by hospitals too.
Calling poison control saves lives and…wait for it…it saves money too.
I’m not kidding…if members of the House have their way, calls to 1-800-222-1222 will no longer connect folks to the life saving and cost saving services of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
And never you mind that for every $1 spent on funding poison control centers we the people save $7 in health care spending.
The GOP dominated House is sending a message with their 2011 budget…
…and that message is that these fools need a crash course in Public Policy 101, stat.
Beyond the drama of what this legislative malfunction would mean for people (who will have to make decisions without advice), for 911 operators (who will have to give guidance without being able to get advice from the hotline), and for hospitals (who would now be faced with the 75% of exposure cases that are currently treated at home because of poison control centers)…
…beyond all that shit is the harsh reality of what bad budget moves mean to communities across the nation.
Treating exposure cases in Emergency Rooms that should be treated at home is expensive as hell.
Funding programs that end up saving more money than they cost is good policy and should be the easy everyone-agreed-on-that-one-so-lets-move-on-now additions to the budget.
And this flawed budget cutting frenzification gutting funding poison control centers is the exact same fucked up from the floor up flawed as hell process these same ig’nant fools have applied to Title X.
My people call this toxic.