State budget cuts loom large for elderly
March 14th, 2011
09:27 AM ET
3 years ago

State budget cuts loom large for elderly

New York (CNNMoney) - For the elderly, state budget cuts could mean no more daily hot meals and exercise classes to help prevent falls. At worst, some could even lose their beds at the nursing home.

These and other lifelines for seniors may disappear as governors and lawmakers slash spending to close an estimated $112 billion in budget shortfalls, advocates say.

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  1. Saul - Virginia

    Well, the elderly trust the GOP with their live and voted heavily for them even thought the GOP is against social programs. They were mislead into thinking that Obama's healthcare bill was going to lead to rationing and reduction in their benefits. I hope now they can see who is really going after their benefits. Whilst they are cutting such crucial services for the elderly, they are
    giving millions to corperations.
    Any sensible american will never vote for the special interest GOP/ Tea party period!

    March 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Much of the states' shortfalls are from Federal mandated increases in spending; medicaid, and other Obamacare expenses that are unsustainable from the strain of reduced revenues due to the recession. Repeal Obamacare.

    March 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Qi

    Time for these old farts to get back to work and pull their own weight. No more free ride Gramps. Lets get to work....

    March 14, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Biggge

    Again we can afford tax breaks for the wealthy but we need to cut the elderly...These are the same people that vote Repub. and you all are just turning your backs on them... The Repub's just wants two class of people.. Rich or Pooor....

    March 14, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Liz in Texas

    Republican death panels.

    March 14, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Bill from GA

    Well, you know, as long as we keep taxes low the current taxpayers. And as to the future of America, to quote that great American Philosopher, Alfred E. Newman: “What, Me Worry?”.

    Seriously, we're doomed, because we have no heart or soul.

    March 14, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Compassionate Conservative

    I hope states don't expect those making over $250,000 to pay a higher rate on their taxes. People knew they would get old, and they should have planned for it.

    March 14, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well baby boomers, you kept voting Republicans in because you were afraid of that "dreadful" word "Socialism" and destroyed any safety net that you might have had (because safety nets are "entitlements"), well, now you'll have to pay the consequences because you feared a couple of words...

    ...I hope it was worth it...

    March 14, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Bill from GA

    The raw deal is that Seniors, and those of us in our 40's and 50's, have paid taxes at a much higher rate most of our lives. And now we have to watch our country go down hill because current politicians don't have the guts to finance the government anymore.

    The problem is idiot voters who support anyone promising to keep taxes low; you don't get something for nothing.

    And really, there is a lot of waste in government (liking paying Congressmen more than about 2 cents), but the politicians are too busy fighting to seriously tackle that issue. They only want to play partisan games.

    March 14, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Fed Up

    I have a relative dying from Cancer, a neighbor died last year from a heart attack. As far as I'm concerned, they're the lucky ones. They don't have to watch this country go under, and take millions of people with it. 10 years ago, before King George took over, this was a great place with great futures for everybody. Now it's only for the rich, as the middle class is being wiped out. My condolences to you and your children, unless you're a millionaire.

    March 14, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Screw grandma! We want tax cuts for our rich corporate buddies instead!
    (in case you were wondering: no, republicans don't give a damn about balancing the budget. The reason there was a huge deficit in WI, and in many states, is because of the tax cuts republicans kept handing out to their rich corporate campaign donors)

    March 14, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Peter E

    Oh, if only we had listened to republican calls to privatize Social Security and all sorts of senior benefits in the past decade... Seniors would have been eating like kings... until the collapse of the stock market at which point they'd have lost all money, been kicked to the streets and starved to death.

    In China seniors rely on their life savings, or their family to take care of them. Because it's China, we here in America are politically required to demonize such practice as somehow inhumane.
    And yet that is what republicans are ultimately driving towards: get rid of social security so that American seniors too have to rely either on their savings, or their own families to take care of them.
    Of course, they can't call it replicating Chinese policies. They have to wash it through the 'freedom' and 'democracy' lipservice mill first.

    March 14, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. A Real American

    Hey, as long as taxes stay the lowest they've been in 50 years, who cares? Why should the rich have to sacrifice anything? They're the "job creators." And what a swell job they've been doing lately. Those elderly people need to quit whining, get jobs and pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Right, conservatives?

    March 14, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Emerson

    What happened to you America. You are getting soft. If you haven't made and saved up enough money for private nurses and twenty four hour care and the $10,000 per month premiums for long term care you don't count. This is a country of everybody taking care of themselves and the H__ with everybody else. Its winners and loser's baby and if the winners don't feel like throwing a crust or two to those who don't work at rescued investment banks, its just tough luck. God Bless America. Make that We the the achievers Bless America by our very presence.

    March 14, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The government gives those with kids, many many benefits, tax breaks, etc.........but seniors are treated like discarded baggage.

    Way to set an example, governors, of how to abuse the elderly.

    March 14, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Canuck

    Yet there's always money for war. America is such an immoral country.

    March 14, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. rs

    What interesting forshadowing from Ms. Palin about her suppossed "Death Panels". She was right of course- she just got the parties wrong. It is the Republican/Tea Partiers that are ending healthcare for the elderly and poor. Everyone should remember that in 2012.

    March 14, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    Social Security was, at first, for the elderly. As planned, it worked well.
    Social Security entitlements for the young and healthy who deem themselves disenfranchised cannot work.

    March 14, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. william mcconkey

    Huge cuts in services for the elderly, huge cuts in education, huge cuts in health care, wage cuts and benefit cuts for the middle class and working poor. And corporate subsidies and tax breaks for the wealthy. If now ain't the time for class warfare, the next steps, I fear, will be violent.

    March 14, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |