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Critics Accuse Dems of Waging War on Women With Home Health Care Cuts

by Jim Angle – from Fox News – While the administration has accused Republicans of waging a war on women for years, critics say Democrats now are waging their own by deeply cutting a home health care program.

The program hires and benefits mostly women, including Janet Connor and her mother, who got home health care when she contracted pneumonia.

“I couldn’t have done it without help,” Janet Connor said.

It was over in about a week, when her mother was well.

Dr. David Fisher of Cary, N.C., who makes house calls to seniors, said home health care workers are his first line of defense and help avoid more expensive treatment. “We demonstrated that medical care in the home reduces emergency room visits and hospitalizations,” he said.

That is why so many oppose the administration’s 14 percent cuts to home health care over the next four years.

One analysis found they would jeopardize 498,000 jobs, 90 percent held by women, in cuts made to pay for ObamaCare.

Now the jobs losses are starting to pile up– 3700 in December, 3900 again in February, and hundreds more since.

In recent weeks, in New York, 775 workers were laid off from the largest non-profit home health care provider in the country.

One of the biggest agencies in Oregon wrote it had to sell to a nursing home chain. And one of the bigger agencies in Wisconsin also is on the verge of closing:

“The president has looked to cut Medicare, to cut our seniors, to get additional revenue to pay for ObamaCare,” said Republican congressman Sean Duffy, in whose district the Wisconsin agency operated. “And the bottom line is real: seniors are getting hurt.”

The administration has acknowledged the cuts would force 40 percent of providers into the red, but it simultaneously argued the decision would not have a significant economic impact.

Even a federal agency rejected that argument. The Small Business Administration complained in a six-page letter last year that the cuts were made “without providing a factual basis for the certification…” which, it noted, is required by law.

In addition, 51 Senators, including 36 key Democrats, wrote the administration urging it to back off — but it went ahead anyway.

“When you get 51 Senators, Democrats and Republicans from far different spectrums of the political aisle, come together to urge the administration not to do this to home health care,” said Duffy, “you know it’s striking a chord across America.”

Jim Angle currently serves as chief national correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1996 as a senior White House correspondent.


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Gary
8 years ago

We all knew this was coming, and we all know it’s going to get even worse. So why in the name of God would our elected politicians pass such an unpopular and devastating law? We all know why obama pushed for it, but he couldn’t have done it alone. Write and ask your Congressman and Senator what they have done to HELP this country.

HAM
8 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Gary, not one Republican voted for Obamacare. It was passed solely by Democrats. Does that answer your question?

Kaye M
8 years ago

I used to work in Home Health before I retired. Although I was a therapist, I worked with CNAs, and I know how hard they work, driving to patients’ homes all day, just as I did. Now I am 75, and I wonder if there will be any Home Health service available to help me at home when and if I need it. All I have is SS, Medicare, and a little bit in savings. I don’t want to spend my last few months in a nursing home (I’ve worked in some of them), just because I can’t care for myself.

Judith B. Mader
8 years ago

This is not anything new, here in Florida when the Home Health Nurses Assistance were cut out, many fine Assistance found jobs in Walmart, K-Mart, self housekeeping. Their jobs were gone and Seniors were left with no help and many of them could not remain at home. They were put into State Assigned assisted living where they got poor care and many cases were abused by the staff. Retired R. N. Home Care Case Manager for 16 years in Marion County Florida.

The Cultural Economist
8 years ago

Taking the progressive axe to home health care doesn’t make sense. It can (and should) be the cheapest way for the government to provide help for mature Americans. This stinks of deliberate discrimination.

Chuck
8 years ago

Wait til all the cool, hip metrosexuals hit 75-70 and need medical care from their wonderful friends in DC…

DonnaP
8 years ago

And yet Home Instead just posted they’re going to be hiring 100 new workers here

Rik
8 years ago
Reply to  DonnaP

Donna, Home Instead is a home care agency not a home health care agency. The difference is Home Instead provides caregivers not nurses. It’s the cuts to the agencies that provide nurses that are experiencing the cuts to Medicare.

Rick Jason
8 years ago
Reply to  Rik

@DonnaP–think “hospital in a home”–that’s what home health care provides, nurses delivering medications and physical & occupational therapists (among other allied health professionals) providing rehabilitative and therapeutic care to a very vulnerable segment of the Medicare population

R Buckhohasnot a clue
8 years ago

I am a home health nurse that was laid off with hundreds of other employees from my company. Our company closed many offices all over the US. The reason was the Medicare cuts. Also all the “outcome based”bull crap “the powers that be” have thought up. It took me 10 months to find a nursing job. I found a part time job with the explanation “because of the cuts to Medicare and the “affordable care act” we do not have any full time openings.

Richard Buchko
8 years ago

This article is full of inaccuracies, slanted facts and outright lies, and what it does report is incomplete. That’s not to say that there isn’t work to be done, and we need to protect home health care – but the idea that it is being cut “to pay for Obamacare” is just political lie. AMAC is becoming more and more a Fox News/extreme right mouthpiece.

you'vebeenfoundout
8 years ago
Reply to  Richard Buchko

Actually, the 14% cut, or approximately $22 billion over 4 years, will be used to fund insurance subsidies on the health care exchanges and expand Medicaid, both key components of ObamaCare. Why else would the Obama Administration make the cut? I notice you chose not to comment on the devastating job losses or how the cuts disproportionately affect women. Do just a cursory Google search on these stats and you’ll find the source, Avalere Health, to be an organization that specializes in accumulating data relative to the home health care industry.

Just because you feel that the article is “slanted” contains “outright lies” and is “incomplete” doesn’t make it so. I applaud AMAC (and FOX News) for bringing to light these outrageous cuts and the affect they’re having on seniors and the home health care industry.

Rik
8 years ago
Reply to  Richard Buchko

Err: $716 billion was “stolen”, err cut from Medicare for Obamacare, that’s a fact sir … Now, not all that was for home healthcare, that’s true. But how many Senior’s lives will be affected by this. And with the beaurecratic “death panels” that will be established in Obamacare, many seniors/people will be denied life saving medications or surgeries just as in Great Britain’s Socialized health care system. Another byproduct of these home healthcare cuts is a loss of many jobs, and yes, 40% of health care agencies will go out of business. Thank you, Socialized Democrats for the destruction of our healthcare system!

Seniors were overwhelmingly against Obamacare and the leadership of AARP endorsed Obamacare and received over $2 billion in government subsidies by doing so, even when opposed by the majority of AARP members. So before you criticize AMAC for educating seniors against the evils of Obamacare, talk to the membership of AARP about how they feel about being victimized by their own leadership!

When trying to have a truthful discussion with Liberals, one notices that the only way they can defend their ideas is by attacking yours. In truth, Liberals have to go on the attack, they have no common sense!

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Rik,

Most liberals only listen to NPR or MS-NBC for their “unbiased” news. Even the major network news outlets are little better than cheerleaders for the Progressive agenda. Reality and facts are rarely the centerpiece of reporting from these sources, so the default recourse of liberals is to attack the source of the story as opposed to the underlying facts which they cannot address. After all, liberals are all about emotion and “what feels right” or “what sounds good”. In that type of world, facts tend to be unpleasant and are thus avoided whenever possible.

Johnnie McHan
8 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Rik, you and the others comments are correct. All seniors are being affected negatively by Obamacare. I can vouch for it personally. I am 71, worked all my life, paid taxes out the ying-yang. Now I pay over $100.00 per month from my SS for Medicare and have a $1,184.00 deductible each year. Medicare pays so little until I wind up struggling to pay the differences to my doctors, (thank God they are all wonderful and understanding) etc. in payment plans because my net of 736.00 per month does not nearly cover everything. If my home were not paid for, I would be homeless. As it is my 3 children have to help me pay insurance and taxes. Right now I am facing a life threatening diagnosis and am so afraid I will be considered too old to try to save. As a grandmother, I have raised 2 grandsons, one of which is 17 and still with me. Obama, the current administration, and our elected officials care nothing about us. The comments about AARP are true. I quit them because I was sick at heart when they betrayed all of their members by supporting Obamacare, making millions of people believe it would be good. Then later they changed their tunes because the almighty dollars they had been receiving got substantially cut by millions like me who had enough. I pray that young people will rise up and stop this before it is too late. The VA and Obamacare are killing thousands every week. I appreciate this forum to say my piece. We must all speak up and stop this horrendous trend.

Truthseeker
8 years ago
Reply to  Johnnie McHan

Johnnie, your post really struck a chord with my wife and me. We are about the same age and we also worked hard all our lives, paid taxes, raised our kids alone before we met, and contributed heavily to a retirement program with almost all our own money and some small property investments. We fought the government at almost every turn as our FICA, income, and property taxes kept going up and up, while what we received in return as a couple dwindled. Our current health premiums went up over 50% this year, our deductibles and co-pays doubled in most cases, and many medications we have both been taking for years have now been taken off the “approved” list. We have to pay for these 100% out of our own pockets. Just who these people are who “approve” these cuts is unknown. The term “Death Panels” is not an exaggeration, but really the truth without the politically-correct euphemisms. Our small employer pensions do not even cover our insurance premiums, so we are living on Social Security and a small IRA we contributed to ourselves. Growing old is not for sissies, especially in this economy and under this administration. Whatever happened to honoring the senior citizens of our society? Now we are made to feel like a burden to the government. We “old folks” need to stick together. By the way, we pray for a good outcome on your diagnosis.

Gary
8 years ago
Reply to  Truthseeker

I am not far behind either of you with regards to retirement age, and it frightens the crap out of me what our government is going to do in the next few years. There is a complete and total disrespect for mature Americans in the government. There are many ways they are sucking us dry. Here’s another; I lost my 401K in 2010 to keep from losing my home. That loss was due to the economy which the government is in control of. Now all I have left is SS, which is being drained in order to make lazy minded people even lazier.

HAM
8 years ago
Reply to  Richard Buchko

Sounds like we have a Troll in our midst. I think Richard Buchko has been paid by the Obama administration to make comments on this forum to “try” and make AMAC a villain just as they have “tried” to make FOX News and conservatives into villains.

This administration and the socialist lefties are waging a WAR ON SENIORS because they do not care about the senior citizens. This is evident by what Obama has done by stealing $716 billion from Social Security to pay for Medicaid under Obamacare and cutting benefits to seniors who have worked their entire lives paying into Medicare so they will have healthcare when they retire. As far as they are concerned, Seniors are a burden just as they feel our Veterans are a burden. Why else would they ignore what is finally coming out about what has been going on at the VA? My brother-in-law was in a Mississippi VA hospital and the nursing care was abominable. He was a disabled veteran and a senior citizen both. He even said to my nephew that he thought they were trying to kill him. So if you don’t believe the stories or are skeptical, from my our family’s experience the stories are true. Obama’s response, after 3 weeks of silence, was so typical of all the other scandals. He’s “outraged” and he “won’t tolerate it” but he is going to wait “until the VA investigates itself” and their investigation is concluded. Sound familiar? It’s the same thing he said about the IRS. Do I need to say more? This administrations actions are loud & clear about how it views the seniors. & veterans of this country. It’s the same as the views of Socialism & Communism. If you don’t know what those are, google them.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  HAM

I concur HAM. It’s obvious that Richard is just a progressive troll looking to see if he can stir up trouble. When progressives can’t argue facts, they just lob incendiary statements to see what damage they can do.

Ivan Berry
8 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Ham, I also concur. You and PaulE make excellent points.
My take is that the war is on the American people at large. We have the war on drugs, women, the elderly, on private property and don’t forget that when the western States were admitted to the union that they had been assured that the federal lands would be released to the States once they had joined. That hasn’t happened, so now we have the Dept. of the Interior and the BLM attacking. The contract was made and broken. Most contracts that the Feds have made are being broken every day.
The initial blame should be placed upon Congress who have given the right to make law to those departments and agencies of the central government that now fall under the authority of the executive.
The DEA, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, etc. each have their para-military police force. The ATF&E is also an enforcement agency, and what about those inspectors at the airports that shake down passingers before allowing them to board?
And do you realize that the IRS also has an enforcement arm? We are outnumbered by cops.
The people are being beseiged much like a village of agriculture when the Hun, monguls and mobile tribes lay waste to the land.
We need to become a moving target. We need not just sit and wait for destruction. Get out the vote and make the best choices we can, given the current state of affairs.
The war on veterans is dispicable. We have a Commander in Chief that keeps passing the buck.
But it is all happening on his watch. He is most to blame.

Truthseeker
8 years ago
Reply to  HAM

HAM, it is interesting to note that the very people the Administration said they would advocate for (minorities especially) are worse off than they were under the previous administration. No one seems to be doing better except the President’s already rich donors on Wall Street and the big business who supported him. I fought the Cold War against Socialism and Communism while in the military, and now our country has voted in the very enemies we once fought (many with their lives). This is no longer a free and just country, only “social justice” for the rich.

susan hebert
8 years ago

please don’t cut our home health, without it we cant survive .Please reconsider.

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