[Do Not] Bring Out Your Dead: Illinois Announces It Can No Longer Pay For Burials

As our leaders continue to spend billions in three unpopular wars, our cities and states continue to move closer and closer to a state of nature. This week, the state of Illinois will stop paying to bury the dead. Funeral directors have been sent a letter that they will have to find something to do with indigent dead people.

The letter to more than 600 funeral directors says that the state will no longer foot the $13 million bill to pay for an estimated 12,000 funerals for individuals who relied on public aid. One funeral owner is quoted as saying “Now the only viable option — I don’t mean to make light of it — is to leave the body at the medical examiner office.”

Hundreds of billions have been expended abroad as our citizens can no longer be buried for lack of funds. This would be a poor joke if it were at all funny.

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33 thoughts on “[Do Not] Bring Out Your Dead: Illinois Announces It Can No Longer Pay For Burials”

  1. “Why do Illinois taxpayers have to shell out money for burial expenses anyway? Can’t we have a bulk incinerator powered by solar collectors or windmills or bio-fuel from Illinois corn? Yeah that’s it. Burn them with Illinois corn. Or better yet … cremate them with ethanol fueled flames from subsidized Illinois corn. Booyah!”

    Geeba Geeba,

    Was that a “Swiftian” comment?

  2. I suppose one can look at this several ways. One way is that we shouldn’t spend money on 3 wars and instead a) spend the money for burial of the destitute or, b) don’t collect or spend the money at all.

    Or, do the wars and don’t spend so much federal taxes collected from only 50% of the households on big social programs that are unaffordable.

    BTW, is it the Illinois State Tax dollars that are being cut out of this? If so do Illinois State Tax dollars go to the feds for the wars? No? Oh, that’s for the Federal tax revenue only? Then the argument is false!

    Why do Illinois taxpayers have to shell out money for burial expenses anyway? Can’t we have a bulk incinerator powered by solar collectors or windmills or bio-fuel from Illinois corn? Yeah that’s it. Burn them with Illinois corn. Or better yet … cremate them with ethanol fueled flames from subsidized Illinois corn. Booyah!

  3. Judy Collins version Marat/Sade…

    We’ve got nothing always had nothing
    Nothing but holes and millions of them
    Living holes
    Dying in holes
    Holes in our bellies
    Holes in our clothes

    Marat were poor
    And the poor stay poor
    Marat don’t make us wait any more
    We want our rights
    And we don’t care how
    We want a revolution
    Now!

  4. point taken lol

    By the way, I love that Jacques-Louis David painting of Marat reminds me of the Marat/Sade play I saw in my teens.

  5. culheath,

    Not true, not true….many a folks have voted in Chicago and Texas despite being in the ground…

  6. Raff,

    Thus the need for government interference….There are benefits and draw backs to both….

    Consumers received some protection from unscrupulous funeral providers with the creation of the Funeral Rule in 1984. This rule, administered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), requires funeral providers to give consumers accurate, itemized price information and other specific disclosures about funeral goods and services. Unfortunately, the Funeral Rule does not apply to many of the features of pre-need contracts, which are governed solely by state law. Every state except Alabama has laws covering pre-need contracts, but protections vary widely from state to state. Some state laws require the funeral home or cemetery to place a percentage of the prepayment in a state-regulated trust or to purchase a life insurance policy with the death benefits assigned to the funeral home or cemetery. Other states, however, offer buyers of pre-need plans little or no effective protection.

    http://www.elderlawanswers.com/Resources/Article.asp?ID=1098

    “This is Medicaid planning 101,” he said. “Everyone ought to be doing this.”

    You don’t need a lawyer; prepaid burial plans can be arranged directly through a funeral parlor. The funeral, burial and related fees are paid up front. The cost is more than if a person died today, but the plan is paid in full, even if the person doesn’t die for decades. Had Anthony Ventarola Jr. learned of prepaid funeral plans sooner, he could have saved more of his dad’s money.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2007/09/10/2007-09-10_arranging_for_prepaid_plan_helps_ease_fu-1.html#ixzz1UpRHovh7

  7. couldn’t they be rendered for soap, gelatin and other valuable commodities? The state is missing a real opportunity for new revenue streams.

    That would make the ‘baggers happy

  8. Illinois just topped the state department’s trick of threatening to close the Washington Monument every time budget cuts are proposed.

  9. Once the various city and county morgues are full, what will they do with them….

  10. I cannot wait to see how the Ayn Randians will spin this one. That dead body should have taken responsibility for its own burial….

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