Florida nursing home operators must have a powerful lobby. State Republicans turned down federal grants to help remove patients from nursing homes and provide the same level of care to them in their own homes.
The free federal funding, about $38-million, would have allowed 1,700 mainly elderly Floridians to return to their homes. Without the grants they'll remain well and truly incarcerated in their nursing homes.
Denise Grimsley who heads the Florida House Appropriations Committee said,
"I realize that they are federal dollars, but they are also taxpayer dollars." If there is a god, I hope he's keeping a special place in hell for Denise and her cohorts.