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  •  My family has twice had (16+ / 0-)

    experience with hospice in the very recent past.  First, my mother.  Second, my father, who just passed away a month ago.

    I'm struggling to set aside my purely emotional response here.  Economically, WTH is he thinking??  It consumed far less financial resources with my parents going the hospice route.  We were even more fortunate to be able to use home hospice care, so my parents died where they were most loved and most comfortable (as possible, under the circumstances.)  It was what my parents wanted emotionally and financially.

    We managed to eke out their remaining resources, which were hit hard after Enron, the housing market collapse and the stock market collapse.  They were never persons of "means," but had saved and invested every penny they could throughout their adult lives.    We grew up in hand-me-downs, never took vacations, lived very frugally and they saved for their twilight years.  After Mom died, we had to sell their nice, modest home and that left some resources for Dad.  

    Had we not used hospice care, there is no way their resources would have covered all the expenses.  Mom's death by ALS consumed a lot of what they had saved, but we managed by using home hospice care.  

    Will Mr. Jingal not be satisfied until we have people literally dying on our streets?  What other options is he leaving them?  Frequently, the end of life is neither tidy nor pleasant, as I can fully attest to from recent experience.  Is that what he and the GOP desire for America?  To walk over/around people dying in public because they have nowhere to go? Or to bankrupt the nation by paying the astronomical costs of ICU and critical care nursing or worse, expensive warehousing in "convalescent hospitals," often a nightmare unto themselves at exorbitant costs with frequently questionable care?  Just what is his vision?

    Just when I think they have hit rock bottom, they continue to astound me by finding a way to sink even lower.  I cannot comprehend this callous, financially foolish mindset hell-bent on appearing to be fiscally wise, while utterly lacking in fiscal sense and even the pretense of empathy.  

    I am disgusted and repulsed, even while I grieve at this farce.

    You are my brother, my sister.

    by RoCali on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:04:50 PM PST

    •  Ding Ding Ding Ding! (2+ / 0-)
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      Will Mr. Jindal not be satisfied until we have people literally dying on our streets?
      We have a winner!

      He's looking at being the Tea Party Candidate in the extensive primary series of debates in 2016.  What a fucking tool.  

      A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

      by jo fish on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:40:39 PM PST

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