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06/11/2012 08:50 PM
The government under Governor Corbett made an obligation to take care of people with disabilities, and now they are reneging on that promise. They are cutting services that allow people to live independently in their own homes and go to work. More people with disabilities will end up in nursing homes (which cost up to three times more than attendant care), and there will be an increase in emergency room visits for uninsured people due to drugs and alcohol because the lack of rehabilitation centers and support services. One can only speculate on how this may affect crime rates.
If you cut these people out of society, they're not going to be taxpayers any longer (by working full or part time, buying goods and services, etc.), which eliminates that revenue and places a higher burden on the rest of Pennsylvania's taxpaying citizens who must make up for the loss AND handle the increase in institutional care and rising health care costs. So not only are Governor Corbett's budget cuts immoral (forcing people to give up their freedom) and illogical (save money by increasing expenditures elsewhere???), they are fiscally irresponsible. Everyone will suffer, not just the disability community.