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    slow chattelization

    1.(Don't doubt that a second factor is the slow chattelization of the beneficiary class under government health-care programs. )
    What does "slow chattelization" mean?

    2.(Not to mention the additional taxpayer subsidies that go to the city's hospitals for emergency room services.)
    What does "taxpayer subsidies "mean? Is the "subsidies" given to taxpayers by government?

    3.(That New York's trans fat ban is aimed at the city's less affluent, who are the demographic hot zone of today's obesity epidemic, is only marginally disguised by imposing the same regulations on Chanterelle as on Burger King.)
    Does "marginally disguised" mean "almost not disguised"?

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    Re: slow chattelization

    1. Chattel is an old legal term for portable property (not real estate). When we treat people as chattel it means we are treating them as objects or things, and not as people.

    2. Taxpayer subsidies are taxes that have been collected from taxpayers and then diverted from ordinary expenses (police, fire fighters, road maintenance, etc.) into supporting entities (like hospitals) that should be self-sufficient.

    3. Yes, you're right.

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    Re: slow chattelization

    context: Don't doubt that a second factor is the slow chattelization of the beneficiary class under government health-care programs. One out of three New York City residents is a Medicaid recipient; 40% of these live in the Bronx. This year, the city will shell out $6.6 billion as its share of Medicaid, plus another $3.8 billion on health care for current and retired city workers (a bill growing at nearly 9% a year).

    I still can't understand "the slow chattelization of the beneficiary class under government health-care programs". I think the first sentence of the paragraph is a topic sentence and the sentences after it is an explanation to it. But I still can't figure out the meaning of the first sentence from the sentences after it. Could anybody help me?

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    Re: slow chattelization

    The people on benefits are reduced to objects by the health-care programs; they have a dehumanising effect.

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    Re: slow chattelization

    Quote Originally Posted by joyapple View Post
    context: Don't doubt that a second factor is the slow chattelization of the beneficiary class under government health-care programs. One out of three New York City residents is a Medicaid recipient; 40% of these live in the Bronx. This year, the city will shell out $6.6 billion as its share of Medicaid, plus another $3.8 billion on health care for current and retired city workers (a bill growing at nearly 9% a year).

    The examples should be used to illustrate the topic sentence. But from the examples, I can't see the beneficiary class are treated dehumanizingly. On the contratray, they received befefits from the health-care programe. In another word, the people who revceive benefits are treated in a good way. Why does the author say they are treated badly?
    Last edited by joyapple; 26-Dec-2006 at 08:24. Reason: delete sth

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