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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 3, 2013

"In order to cut costs, the Republicans eliminated Medicare money back during the Reagan administration that put the mentally ill out on the street."

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Comments

Somebody 1 year, 3 months ago

Squawker must be a democrat, always blaming everything on the republicans. Perhaps it's the Democrats that are making these people mentally ill.

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rightasrain 1 year, 3 months ago

...and then the "mentally ill" got elected to Congress and the White House!

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woreoutoldman 1 year, 3 months ago

Who was Regan? Doesn't appear in my list.

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fcarroll 1 year, 3 months ago

Republicans are not responsible for the drug lords, dealers, and user being paroled early from prison, and they are and can be dangerous them selves. So now we are down on republicans here are we. It was Medicaid. We have too many on medicaid now as it is. The elderly and the truly in need should be the ones getting medicaid. But that is not the case.

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

At the time, the whole Medicade program was rift with fraud and many mental health officials riding the Golden Chariot. If you recall back that far, many so called counselors getting paid by the program were proven to be frauds. I can remember several in this area alone. The funds were cut because of the excessive waste, and the fact that it was difficult to get folks released because the institution would lose funding it was counting on. Fraud is still rampent in many Federal Programs. It is a shame, but most of the fault lies with us because we tollerarte such things. Make it a mandatory 25 years and full restitution without being able to protect property by being an LLC, then you will see a decrease.

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RedEric 1 year, 3 months ago

Government runs on fraud. All governments. That is why you want to keep the government as small as possible. Harry Reid is a multi millionaire due to his service to the country. He gets caught all the time and nothing happens. Citizens are sent to prison for things this group does every day. Maybe Alexander Hamilton was right.

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MRM 1 year, 3 months ago

That squawk is totally false:

In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that involuntary hospitalization and/or treatment violates an individual's civil rights in O'Connor v. Donaldson. This ruling forced individual states to change their statutes. For example, the individual must be exhibiting behavior that is a danger to himself or others in order to be held, the hold must be for evaluation only and a court order must be received for more than very short term treatment or hospitalization (typically no longer than 72 hours). This ruling has severely limited involuntary treatment and hospitalization in the U.S. In the U.S. the specifics of the relevant statutes vary from state to state.

This was the case in a famous United States Supreme Court decision in 1975, O'Connor v. Donaldson, when Kenneth Donaldson, a patient committed to Florida State Hospital, sued the hospital and staff for confining him for 15 years against his will. The decision means that it is unconstitutional to commit for treatment a person who is not imminently a danger to himself or others and is capable to a minimal degree of surviving on his own.

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Clyde 1 year, 3 months ago

I LIKE THE MADECAED SYSTEM, THEY TOLD ME THEY FIXED ME, THEN THEY LET ME OUT. I DON'T REKN I GOT NO NEEDS TO HURT NOBODYS AGAIN. JUST LEEVE MY CAT BE AND THEY WON'T BE NO TRUBLES.

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