By Sarah Seltzer | AlterNet
Budget cuts, lack of public services for the homeless and the mentally ill: we know these are huge problems tied in to austerity, problems that utterly devastate individual lives. But they also have drastic public health consequences. Witness Florida, where a TB outbreak was hushed up by authorities and exacerbated by a total dearth of services and a relentless drive towards budget slashing.
Most of the victims were poor and black, homeless or mentally ill, a group neglected by the authorities until it was too late.