A coward named Cuomo

Whether you liked him as the governor of New York or not, only a fool would doubt the courage of Mario Cuomo. He stood fast in his opposition to the death penalty (I oppose it too) even when he knew many disagreed.  He was courageous man. Not so his son, the current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. All I know makes it clear to me he is a coward and, if you permit me a redundancy, a wimp.

Numerous sources tell me about the bullying he likes to do behind the scenes. Bullies are cowards. Able to act all tough and strong when there is no one to challenge them. Leave it to Cuomo  to run around New York playing like he’s John Wayne when inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped. Notice Cuomo was always surrounded by state police. Easy to play tough guy when you have some real-life armed toughs as your escort.

And now, Cuomo has his Department of Health on the brink of pulverizing the lives of New Yorkers with brain injuries and the business stability of those who provide services to them under the state’s Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver Program. A waiver is a Medicaid reimbursement program that provide services so a vulnerable part of the population can live in the community or return to community life. It’s been in this state for 21 years now.  And under whose watch did it come to be?  Mario Cuomo’s, the Cuomo with the courage and integrity and compassion for others. Andrew’s DOH wants to shove the waiver into a form of managed care that will destroy the lives of New Yorkers with brain injuries, remove their housing subsidies, and get rid of their case managers. 

In other words, the son wants to destroy something great built by his father.

 

1 thought on “A coward named Cuomo

  1. Ralph Giordano

    In today's world there is no need for blanket managed care. We have the human, technological, public and private financial options to allow all but the most dependent persons with TBI to live in the community. DOH and the Governor seek to roll back the clock to the before the 1970's before deinstitutionalization occurred. One agrees that too many homeless disabled persons languish on the streets, but this is due to their being denied treatment services, housing opportunities and care giving options. It is perplexing to hear that NYS wishes to employ managed care which is so dated, close minded and surely the most restrictive option. Less restrictive options can easily be and at lower cost created by carefully matching the client, his/her community, cognitive and physical abilities, medical and prescription requirements and opportunities for enhancing daily activity scheduleThis program that denies freedom of choice must be altered to ensure that in 2016 and beyond services for those with TBI provides mandated opportunities that allow this population to live in their communities.

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