Debt Deal Could Spell Doomsday For Many In New York City Area

Cuts To Medicare, MTA, Anti-Terror Funding Possible In Slashing Of $1.5 Trillion

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The debt deal is no deal at all for many of the most vulnerable residents in the Tri-State Area.

They may face long-term pain, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

At an exercise class at Catholic Charities’ Saint Louis Senior Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the concern of many is about stretching meager incomes if threatened cuts to Medicare go through as part of the deficit reduction deal.

“I am worried about it, sick, worried to death about it,” resident Edris Thomas said.

“I’m afraid of when they cut the Medicare, they cut the medicine. I can’t afford to pay because my income is too low,” Lucy Mae Francis added.

“We have nobody to stand up for us. They say we should consider the poor, but who is considering the poor? Nobody,” Bob Esteban said.

Medicare will be on the chopping block when Washington lawmakers decide how to cut $1.5 trillion in spending, which experts say could mean more hospital closings in our area. This is on top of the recent closings of two hospitals, including St. Vincent’s in Greenwich Village and the possible closing of Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway.

“Worst case is we’re going to close another set of hospitals,” said Ken Raske, president of Greater New York Hospital Association.

Raske said the poor would be hardest hit and unable to get care.

“We are particularly worried about vulnerable communities people that live in very impoverished areas,” Raske said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority could also be hit — big time. It’s counting on $4.2 billion in federal funds for its capital program. Sources say funds for new train cars and buses as well maintenance and rehabilitation of tracks, tunnels, stations and train cars could be on the chopping block.

“Look, let’s be candid. New York is always vulnerable to cuts. There are always people from other states who try to hurt us,” Sen. Charles Schumer said.

You can add cuts to federal funds for New York City and SUNY systems, as well as a rise in unemployment to the list of growing concerns.

Kramer asked Congressman Charles Rangel what could happen if New York City’s anti-terrorism funding is slashed. His answer?

“Boom,” Rangel said.

The comment from Rep. Rangel was light-hearted, but there is nothing lighthearted about concerns reaching all the way up to President Barack Obama about what’s next.

“It was a long and contentious debate,” the president said.

“There are new Republicans. They are new; they’re not seasoned. They never held public office. They’re ready to die for what they believe in and their hard feelings for Obama is their primary objective above the security of the country,” Rep. Rangel said.

“There are always attempts to cut Homeland Security money from other states who don’t want New York to get it,” Sen. Schumer added.

Are you concerned? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • LM

    “…There are always people from other states who try to hurt us,” Sen. Charles Schumer said.

    Oh, boo hoo! Someone’s always out to get New York!

  • bill burns

    Coloreds are rioting in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. NAACP says coloreds are allowed to act like animals because their DNA is differennt. Huh?

  • GrantGabriel

    I just paid $23,98 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37,59 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $677 which only cost me $72,13 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,

  • John

    This is what you get for trusting bureaucrats in far away places with your money. If you had simply saved that money yourself, or taken care of your local medical care charity at the local level, you wouldn’t be in this mess.

    But no. You wanted a Great Big Federal Government that could do anything it wants. And now ya got it. How’s that Hope and Change working out for ya?

    The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. Guess what.

  • Mike

    How many of these same elderly voted for the Reagan tax cuts and deficit spending 30 years ago? You sow what you reap.

    • T.G.

      It’s ” Reap what You Sow “

    • emmas

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  • RicardoCabeza

    Good between the hell hole of New York getting wacked and California falling apart all that’s left is for New England to disappear and Seattle to to go under and the world will be a better place

  • Wills

    Hey blacks and latinos…get jobs

    • madmanny123

      Here are the statistics on welfare recipients:

      Traits of families on AFDC (1)

      White 38.8%
      Black 37.2
      Hispanic 17.8
      Asian 2.8
      Other 3.4

      wills do a little research before you make your ill informed asinine comments showing every one your low I.Q.

      • DaMan

        Traits of families on AFDC (1)
        % of Population 2010 Census

        Race Race
        ————– ——————-
        White 38.8% White 72.4%
        Black 37.2 12.6 %
        Hispanic 17.8 16.3% (Measured in a separate ethnicity count)
        Asian 2.8 4.8%
        Other 3.4 10.2# (other or 2 or more)

        Seems like whites and Asians are paying more that their share, No?

  • Curt56

    Why should I in CA be taxed to pay for your RTA in NY? Buy yer own damn buses!

    • edward

      Why should New Yorkers subsidize your automobile dependant state?

  • ChopChop24

    Is everyone stupid? These are not real cuts. They are reductions in projected spending INCREASES. What’s the easiest way to get people to vote for you? Scare them by inferring that their income or health care will be affected. That’s not going to happen. I’m so tired of democrat pols who trot out the old scare tactics against older Americans. It’s just a way to get usually center-to-right leaning voters to believe that the dems are worried about them. The only thing this new ‘agreement’ will achieve is higher spending, and even tax increases down the road. Happy?

  • richard Allen

    Keep worrying and soon you wont need to buy any medicine….GEEZ lady get on with your life do something you cant be that sick. Learn to READ learn to use a computer….stop with the whining you need some tough love…

    “I am worried about it, sick, worried to death about it,” resident Edris Thomas said

  • Douglas Lynn

    If we don’t stop deficit spending, our economy will just get weaker and weaker and weaker until 90% of people that don’t work for the government are poor.

  • Douglas Lynn

    The stupid and selfish politicians are the problem. Government systems from Taxes and Medicare, to the EPA are so complicated and so dominated by crony capitalism, vote buying exceptions and fraud, hundreds of billions are being wasted every year. The only solution is vote for people that insist on reducing the size of government. The same revenue could go whole lot farther to help people, if we would eliminate 90% of the special favors and complexity in the law and at least 50% of the federal employees administering it. Government is currently destroying jobs, killing the private sector that we need to grow to get out of this mess. Increasing taxes will not help. Simplifying government will help.

    • Kate Mills

      We’ll see how jobs are created by the cuts you are suggesting.

  • Jerry

    Didn’t know a tax cheat ,Congressman Rangel is worth a comment

  • Honest Abe

    Remember the rise and fall of Rome. Are we any different?

  • ryan

    Why anyone who isn’t super-rich would think Republicans give a hoot about them is beyond any rational thinking. I feel sorry for middle America which votes Republican. You may care abou them but they don’t care about you, your family, your employment, your health or your country – just their greed.

    • rangerrebew

      I do believe New York is one of the most libeal states in the nation so why are you blaming republicans? The democrats have controlled the U.S. senate for almost 50 years and the house the majority of that time. You have, or had, two of the most liberals senators in the country – madam Clinton and Chuckie Schumer. Why can’t the state take care of itself? Could it be liberals have run it into the ground? Could the corruption in the legislature and the NY members of congress be equal? Instead of blaming, which is about the only thing Chuckie is known for, you should look to who you voted for – if you even bothered.

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