Help the Aged?: As the Kentucky House meets this week to “discuss” how many band-aids are needed to slow the bleeding of a $1.5 billion budgetary shortfall, the state’s elderly population is poised to become the latest demographic to get the shaft. Looming cuts threaten to close multiple senior assisted living centers across the state, scale back meal-delivery programs and generally leave qualifying seniors to rot in nursing homes — that is, until the Medicaid goes belly-up.
McConnell Opens Maw: True to reptilian form, Sen. Mitch McConnell is already blasting the President for his health summit, which goes down tomorrow on most major news networks, including Nick Jr. “The longer Washington sticks with its failed approach to health care,” sez Mitch, “the longer Americans have to wait for the real, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs and lead to a better system.” Apparently, mindless filibustering and putting the interest of Humana’s board of directors above your constituents is a proper alternative.
Second Stimulus, Please: From the AP: “The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new home sales dropped 11.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 309,000 units, the lowest level on records going back nearly a half century. The big drop was a surprise to economists who had expected sales would rise about 5 percent over December’s pace.” … So how’s that paper recovery workin’ out for you? No?
Loan and Groan: Fed-up with being gouged to death by predatory pay day lenders, a group of debt-laden Kentuckians took to the steps of the Capitol building in Frankfort to throw their weight behind House Bill 381, which would cap the annual interest rates of evil payday lenders at 36 percent.
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