Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A Reduced Standard

Obama Care has an interesting standard for the care of the elderly in minority communities.

Section 2046 (b)(3) grants the secretary of HHS the discretion to waive substantial penalties (i.e., fines of up to $300,000 and debarment from federal programs) for failing to report elder abuse and other crimes committed against residents of long-term care facilities that serve racial and ethnic minorities. Obviously, this could increase the probability that residents of such facilities won’t receive the same level of protection as residents of nursing homes that serve non-minority populations.
I guess that is part of the new post racial America I keep hearing so much about. Or maybe it is just the first step in Andrew Breitbart's plan to bring back slavery.


Neil said...

Whaaa? This makes no sense at all. What is a "long-term care facilities that serve racial and ethnic minorities"? Don't they pretty much all do so? Or all the old-folks homes segregated these days and nobody told me?

M. Simon said...

OK. It is worse than I thought. They are reducing the standard of care for almost everyone.

Neil said...

Heck, I don't know, maybe they were over-regulated to start with. But that sounds like one of those laws that doesn't make any sense unless you know who put it in there.