Editorial: Temporary fix, but commendable

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:51 PM

Trying to make sense of it all is a struggle with seemingly no end.

There are groups of people in need. There are other groups with plenty. The interaction between the two isn’t always congenial.

There are people among us who genuinely need the help of government or charitable agencies. And there are others who could do well for themselves, but instead choose to freeload and take what others — namely the government — will give them. They take the same amount for free they could easily work for, giving no thought to the impact on others as a result.

Long gone is the day when every man and woman was willing to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. While it is certainly not new, we lament the continually evolving mantra of “I’ve got mine.”

We mention this societal movement against the backdrop of giving credit today to Gov. Beverly Perdue. She’s made sure one small group needing help has it, even if only a temporary fix.

Group home residents, between 1,000 and 2,000 of them, were facing eviction in 10 days. They would no longer be eligible for Medicaid reimbursements for personal care services, such as help eating, dressing or taking a bath.

Medicaid’s part is about one-third of their payment, and operators of the homes said staying open without the insurance money from the government wasn’t going to be feasible. Perdue found $1 million, though the solution only lasts through Jan. 31.

Lawmakers return to session Jan. 30. That’s a short window for a long-term solution, but we hope they can at least find another Band-Aid. Homelessness for the residents, the alternative, is not a solution.

The effects of changes in health care laws continue to hit. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, is causing businesses to change coverage plans with insurance companies.

For many non-salaried employees, the number of hours worked is going to drop. Most will be tied to the changes in health care law.

The domino effect will push more people into looking for part-time jobs. Struggling small businesses won’t be their solution either.

And everybody wants theirs, with no end to the struggle in sight.