Caught this on the New York Post website. Is anybody else wondering about the quality (or lack thereof) of research being put into the proposed health care plan? More and more I’m hearing comments from President Obama and his administration that seem to indicate they know nothing at all about dealing with chronic medical conditions and disabilities and that they’re holding their ten-foot pole with both hands…
‘RETARDED’ HOUSE BILL
By MARC SIEGEL
Last updated: 3:30 amJuly 26, 2009 Posted: 3:05 amJuly 26, 2009
The proposed health-insurance bill from the House of Representatives refers to mentally disabled people as “retarded” — a term advocates, relatives and physicians find outdated and offensive.
The bill refers to: “A hospital or a nursing facility or intermediate-care facility for the mentally retarded . . .”
The phrase could cause more problems with groups for the developmentally disabled, who were angered when President Obama referred to his poor bowling skills on “The Tonight Show” as “like the Special Olympics.” Obama later apologized.