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GOP cuts eyeglasses for poor; private charity overwhelmed

Back in November I wrote about Ms. Colbert of Wilmington and how GOP cuts to NC’s Medicaid program meant she could no longer get new eyeglasses.  Well, others are feeling the pinch and the Lions Club of Wilmington is trying to fill the gap for at least a few poor people who need eyeglasses according to the Star-News.  That’s great, but – and it’s a big but:

Dick Gerrish, secretary of the Wilmington Lions Club, said that currently his branch of the Lions Club provides eye exams and glasses to five or six people a month, serving “the employable” first.

“And we probably have about 10 people on the waiting list,” he said.

So, out of the thousands of people on Medicaid in the Wilmington area, some 5-6 will be able to get eyeglasses they need, but the rest are out of luck.   Although GOP  predictions that “private charity” would step in to fill the needs  neglected for the poor aren’t coming true, at least they saved us all the 1 cent sales tax they let expire.

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  1. Samson D

    February 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve gotten (a couple) free pairs from http://www.coastal.com… I believe they are still offering this and might be a good solution for those who can’t afford to buy a full priced pair.

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