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I would like to suggest that the wording of your survey is already biased against the allowance, as you have worded the second choice in such a way as to mislead your readers into thinking that this allowance is being paid for by the state of Florida. In fact, the allowance comes out of money that nursing home residents have typically earned over their years of employment from social security that they are entitled to. Their social security check goes to the nursing home and the state Medicaid program pays the balance. So far, they have been allowed to keep $35 a month of their own income. How would the readers who voted against this like to be in a nursing home and be allowed to keep only $35 a month of their income, and expect to be able to do or get anything with that? They could not even go out to a meal or an occasional event. Yes, it would cost the state more in helping to subsidize nursing home residents cost of room and board, but don't tell your readers that Medicaid is paying for their monthly allowance - that allowance is money most of them earned and deserve to keep so that they might have a little something to look forward to in their last years of life. I have worked with nursing home residents for the past 25 years, and seen first hand what it is like to live in a nursing home. It is a crying shame that they are allowed to keep so little of what they have worked for. Shame on anyone who would deny these individuals what little bit of comfort they might have in their final months or years!
Michael J. Dattoli, MD
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