Monday, May 20, 2013
Here we go again; another governor saving us taxpayers money?
I recently saw a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services, stating a 45-day maximum limit on pain medication for anyone that has been on it for a year.
It basically says you have 45 days from April 1 to get over it, because DHHS and our governor think this will save money and stop abuse; none of which is correct.
Keep your doors and windows locked and load the gun because the addicts are coming.
The terrible injustice being done with this ruling is poor Aunt Tilly who takes that little 5 mg pill of morphine to take the edge off her leg pain just to get to sleep. Doesn't sound like much, but that's all it takes so she can take care of herself. The medication costs couple hundred bucks per month, maybe $2,000-$3,000 per year.
Now the money-saving part: The conservative in Augusta is tooting his money-saving idea while Aunt Tilly's new around-the-clock personal care attendant sends out the $100,000 per year tab, at least more than a few thousand per year.
HIV and cancer patients are exempt, because they must have more chronic pain than the guy with nuts, bolts, wires, rods and any other recycled barn yard steel imbedded in his back. I'm guessing pain is pain.
I just want to remind people we are still riding on the rough roads of Waterville Mayor Paul LePage's savings. The current bill for the roads will be way more than he ever saved, with rising costs in the millions.