(Tip o' the tinfoil hat to Mrs JP.)
It could've been worse: Nevada could've put its mental patients under
the bus instead of on it. But that's about the only good thing that can
be said about the biggest health care scandal to hit Nevada in decades,
if not ever.
Luckily for these 1500 mentally ill patients
that have been shipped out of Nevada and foisted off on other states
since 2008 (which comes out to almost one a day), the Sacramento Bee
and their staff writer Cynthia Hubert has been all over this story for
the last two months. It's reached up to Gov. Brian Sandoval's office who
could no longer stonewall the press as it notoriously has done since
the Republican Sandoval (hereafter referred to as Mexican Mitt) and his
flaks have done from Day One.
Let's all pretend not to notice
the feral opportunism showed by Nevada Democrats and their mostly faux
outrage as they use their mentally ill to score brownie points as
Sandoval gears up for re-election. After all, if they really took to
heart Reagan's and Nixon's idea for local clinics, they would've done
something about it in the last several decades. But they haven't.
This is simply disgusting. Instead of caring for these poor people
tormented by mental and emotional turmoil, Sandoval's pretending this
scandal doesn't exist, his chief mental health officer is using weasel
words like "policy variations" and trying to pretend this is the
exception and not the rule and that James Brown is an anomaly.
They put this poor guy on a bus to Sacramento with no one there at the
other end waiting for him, no followup treatment plan put in place and
no lodgings set up for him. He had thrust into his hands three days
worth of medication, a few containers of Ensure and some cheese crackers
before shoving him on a bus that would have 11 stops over a 15 hour
Nevada's own policy of doing this many, many
hundreds of times just in the last five years is part of the austerity
budgets we've been seeing all over the country The constant warfare
abroad and near-constant tax cuts for the rich have inevitably led to a
severe curtailment of social services for the indigent and handicapped
(Which, if it wasn't done by design, is surely the most incredible case
of serendipity in human history). And putting on buses without meals and
often without followup care the mentally ill is nakedly a way to save
money (The official policy in Nevada even tries to claim Ensure is
better for their former patients than bulk sustenance and at one point
even uses the phrase "burden of care.").
It's obvious that no
one really gives two shits for these poor people, including Nevada
Democrats who are using them as a cudgel with which to beat Sandoval
over his well-coiffed head. If Democrats in Nevada and elsewhere really
wanted to do something about this, they wouldn't've let the unnecessary
chainsaw of austerity cut into mental health services.
Sandoval acting as if this isn't a scandal at all and visibly wishing
the whole thing would just go away is just as heinous, if not moreso.
Shipping indigent and homeless mental patients and just dumping them off
in another state (Brown was even told by a psychiatrist to call 911 in
Sacramento on his arrival) is simply bottomlessly despicable. Merely on the basis of this mental health scandal, the Jekyl and Hyde Sandoval and his heartless non-reaction ought to be made a one-term governor