|By Thomas Goldsmith, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)|
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Representatives of government, nonprofits and business argued that the state's increasing population of older people means it's the wrong time for the
"I couldn't even dress myself when I started at PACE," said
Raines, who uses a wheelchair because of disabilities including diabetes, was one of several other older and disabled people who came to
Tuesday's rally at the legislature was put together by the
Speakers noted that the
Advocates for older people said that's not a workable solution because traditional insurance doesn't pay for many of the services that would be cut.
"I don't know where they would find the beds," Cottengim said.
"We can't afford to do away with an entire continuum of long-term care when there's more and more people that are going to be needing the services," Wilson said. "There will be human tragedy."
"These are not numbers we are talking about," Moore said. "These are real human beings."
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