Saturday, March 03, 2007


Today Congressman Steve Pearce, who represents the Southern district of New Mexico, came to Albuquerque and appeared on the Jim Villaneuci show on KKOB radio. A caller related a complaint about some nursing home, not named, in which patients were neglected, for example, they were left [with untidied diapers]. Congressman Pearce stated that that was a “state issue,” and made no further comment. Later in the show he said that he was up there in Washington to look after the best interests of the people of New Mexico. What? Is it the case that no federal taxpayer money is used to subsidize nursing home care?

Here is a suggestion. If federal taxpayer money is to be allocated to provide hospice care, or personal care, for New Mexico citizens, why not put the program on line? TV cameras monitor the care and the digits are on line (not accessible by general public, but by those with a right to know). How is Grandma in the nursing home? Is her bed clothing changed as needed? Let us get on line and see.

What has Congressman Pearce to offer on this problem, if he acknowledges that he has a responsibility?

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