ALBANY, N.Y. — A spokeswoman for the New York state institution where a mentally disabled man's death has been ruled a homicide says officials were obligated to bill the man's estate almost $12 million for his care over 10 years or risk losing federal Medicaid funding.
Spokeswoman Jennifer O'Sullivan says the state was following federal Medicaid obligations in seeking reimbursement recently from the estate of Rasheen Rose.The 33-year-old man died two years ago at Fineson Developmental Center in Queens and his sister has filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of killing him. They deny any wrongdoing. (Link to full report is below.)
The idea behind New York's lawsuit is that the State owns black people who have received government benefits or are prisoners. The State claims the right to torture and murder them without the fear of paying any damages. Under this standard, consider the following:
~ The estates of murdered prisoners' can be charged for the time the prisoners were incarcerated plus court fees and legal fees that brought about the deadly incarcerations.
~ Murdered and abused children who suffer in State custody may be charged for their time in State care plus court fees and legal fees that delivered the children from their parents' custody.
~ Neglected or murdered medical patients treated by State-financed facilities (like the patients killed by hospital staff during Katrina) can be charged for Medicaid payments that were used to pay for their medical care. The same is true of elderly and handicapped people who are abused or murdered in any State-run facility.
~ Black people injured or killed by food poisoning can be sued for the amount of food stamps they received throughout their lives if they sue the State for allowing tainted food into their food supply.
Black people who are deliberately kept impoverished in the United States are still considered chattel. Ownership has shifted from private hands to the Government which sustains them. The State declares in this lawsuit that it has every right to abuse its chattel's human and civil rights. When murders and other crimes against humanity happen, whether intentionally or by criminal negligence, the aim of this lawsuit is to ensure that no money goes to African Americans for losses. Therefore, killing and brutalizing black people in the United States of America becomes the prerogative of their owner, the Government, just as slave owners could brutalize and kill their "property" without fear of lawsuits or criminal charges
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