Families Protest Medicaid Cuts Via YouTube

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

The care 20-year-old Jacob West requires is around-the clock and intensive. He has just one lung, and a broken airway. Thousands of dollars in treatment each year are paid for in part by private insurance, in part by medicaid.

"Everytime our elected officials....cut taxes, they cut our family," his mom Lori says.

Last month, Lori and Jacob testified at the capitol, but watching the crisis unfold since--they felt powerless. They turned to Youtube for help.

"There's no other way to give our input, or to make our voices heard," West says. "With the technology we have today, it just seemed like, why wouldn't you go on YouTube."

The video shows her caring for Jacob--cleaning his tubes and helping him breathe. She says the disposable supplies they use would be threatened by cuts.

She says they are already seeing cuts, particularly in a waiver they recently applied for. That, she guesses, is the system preparing for the inevitable. Anything more, she says, is not just dangerous, fiscally irresponsible.

"If we don't have what we need to take care of our children...at home, we end up in the hospital--and that costs 5 times more."

This virtual protest is a last ditch effort but West wants the politicians to know.

As Jacob explains, these are people, not things.

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  • by AA Location: Jackson on May 20, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    I thought goveners were supposed to help our state not destroy it??? What happened to the sophistcated goveners?????
  • by Matt Location: Monroe on May 19, 2007 at 09:36 PM
    I voted for Devos, its damned obvious that Granholm doesn't know how to produce ideas of how to make money. She is currently going against all of here campaign promises. But guarantee this, she will still receive her salary of $175,000. Thats before taxes!!!
  • by Rose Location: Lansing, MI on May 19, 2007 at 06:05 PM
    I'm a single
  • by Matt Location: Parma on May 19, 2007 at 12:30 PM
    Will we never learn, politicians DO NOT CARE. All they care about is getting elected into office and stealing our money by not keeping promises. Granholm promised not to cut education, medicaid and to help the state budget. Look what she is doing. FIRE GRANHOLM!!!! I agree with Ang of Jackson, prisons having air conditioning, I thought the saying was "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime." I should not have to pay for a inmates air conditioning.
  • by Alyssa Location: Reading Community Schools on May 19, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    Dear whom it may concern, I didn't submit this to make Granholm look bad(she is doing that for her self), but taking Medicaid away? What kind of idea is that? Medicaid should have been the last thing on her mind, actually it shouldn't have been on her mind at all.I can imagine how hard Granholms and the representitives jobs are with all the critisizing,boycotts, protese and ect. But they choose their own job not us, and if they can't handle it then they should step down and let some one who can handle it, not ruin our lives. I am only 13 and i am hearing impaired and with out Medicaid my parents couldn't afford heaing aids. Without hearing aids i wouldn't be able to obtain the knowledge i dream of, i probably wouldn't even know what Medicaid is. But what i do knowis that the $2000 for my hearing aids doesn't compare to that of whos lives rely on Medicaid. What are tha Why should they pay for Granholms mistakes?? Granholm should find some other way to cut fundings that aren't so urgent to peoples lives.
  • by Linda Location: Lansing on May 19, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    Where is the petiton??? I worked in a medicaid clinic and it needs to be protected.
  • by Stacy Location: motgomery MI on May 19, 2007 at 09:30 AM
    I have a daughter who is hearing impaired, without help to pay for her aids, it would take away from our already tight budget. Most insurance companies won`t cover them and so parents are left with high cost to endure on thier own. I believe Granholms THREAT to cut funding that directly affects our childrens health and education, should be a huge red flag to the taxpayers in Michigan. She obviously is not concerned with the future of this state or the people who will live here.
  • by Laura Turner Location: Reading on May 19, 2007 at 04:47 AM
    I have so many comments ,Not enough space. So I'll make it short. If we where in prision we wouldn't need anything. It is a sad day in the USA.
  • by Nina Location: East Lansing on May 19, 2007 at 04:40 AM
  • by Ang Location: Jackson on May 18, 2007 at 09:11 PM
    I could not believe it when 'Grabholm' (spelled intentionally), when referring to cuts to medicaid, said, "they will just have to die." She showed her true colors. She is not interested in being a leader, rather a bully. She has bullied the legislature and the people of Michigan. And hey, let's make sure the prisoners have airconditioning and medical care while the rest of the state foots the bill and does without. Yep, she called it...we're going to be blown away!
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