“The bills put forward by the Senate leadership are not about healthcare. These bills are about destroying Medicaid,” said Amber Smock, Access Living’s Director of Advocacy. “Medicaid cuts mean the end of independence, the end of quality healthcare, and devastation for people with disabilities.”
The U.S. Senate’s vote to proceed with healthcare legislation came on the eve of the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26, 1990, President George HW Bush signed into the civil rights legislation that gives people with disabilities the right to participate and engage in their communities on a level playing field. The ADA includes an integration mandate which says people with disabilities have the right to receive services in the most integrated setting. Since passage of the ADA, the disability community has used the law as a tool to move people out of segregated institutions and into their own homes.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act, and the ObamaCare Repeal Reconciliation Act are insults and blows to the spirit and the force of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Twenty-seven years after passage of a law intended to support and empower the independence of people with disabilities, leadership in the US Senate is pushing legislation that will steal our healthcare, our independence, and our lives.
Despite the setback of the ‘motion to proceed’ disability advocates continue to fight and resist against efforts to roll back health and measures that support the independence of people with disabilities. On Wednesday, July 25, following the ‘motion to proceed’ vote, a vote on healthcare legislation failed in the Senate. On July 26, the Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary, a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed. Access Living and the community will continue to advocate until Congress presents a healthcare option the protects and builds community services and that promotes the independence of people with disabilities.
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