Verily, my friends , I say verily unto ye (say “Halleluiah” if you agree – everyone else can just crawl up the aisle), we are truly in a time of troubles. Where no one knows black from white, left from right (no, that’s wrong, Aunt Toby damn well knows left from right, hay from straw, and right from Right Wing and from Tea Party and from Pajama Party and all the other parties out there), and truth from, well everything else. And as St. Breitbart would say, “Truth is what I say it be.”
I don’t know how we got to this place (probably by taking Sarah Palin’s bus), but we are now in a situation where we can read these next two ‘news’ stories and proceed to scratch the collective head (sorry Rep. Weiner) as to which one is ‘real’ and which one is ‘mostly real’ or ‘damn plausible’.
“..Although the(Wisconsin) BadgerCare family planning program doesn’t cover Hartman’s treatment, he was able to afford two different HIV tests, a liver panel and potentially life-saving hepatitis tests through the subsidized program.
But the nearly 7,000 other low-income Wisconsin men who use BadgerCare may soon be out of luck. Scott Walker, the state’s Republican governor, has proposed eliminating men entirely from the program in his latest budget bill. That move could cost Wisconsin all of its federal family planning funds, policy experts warn.
Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee is currently finalizing the language of the bill. In addition to cutting men from BadgerCare, it also includes provisions that increase the age restrictions for BadgerCare eligibility, require parental consent for all patients under 18 years old, reduce the eligibility limit down to 200 percent of the federal poverty line and cut more than $1 million dollars in state funds to Planned Parenthood. ..”
“All amputees being treated in Ohio Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals will be forced to share prosthetics after Governor John Kasich (R) formally denied a $5,000,000 grant from the federal government late last week.
Under normal circumstances, veterans who lose a limb in battle are fitted for their own custom prosthetics. Without the funds necessary to continue this program, Ohio veterans will now have to share a dozen or so generic prosthetics across the entire state.
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