Just say no
I have fought and will continue to stand against every single attack to cut Medicaid because of these three words – freedom to choose. People with disabilities should have the freedom to choose how to live their lives and I can only do that with the help of Medicaid.
The Medicaid funding I receive helps me live in my home, hire support staff, and pay medical costs not covered by my family’s private insurance. This support matters! It has made it possible for my parents to work. They have not been bankrupted by high medical costs. I have received medical treatment, equipment and care that helps me be more independent and make an impact on the world.
There is so much in this tax bill that could harm the most vulnerable in our communities. If this tax plan goes through and has the negative impacts to Medicaid that are expected, I am terrified that many of us with disabilities who need Medicaid to live in our communities will lose our freedom to choose how to live our lives because the services we depend on will be severely cut back.
Call your senators and tell them to vote NO to this tax bill!
Here is the Arc statement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
“We vehemently oppose this bill and the threats it poses to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities”
Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives passing theTax Cuts and Jobs Act on 11/16/2017:
“The Arc has a longstanding position that tax policy should raise sufficient revenues to finance programs that support people with disabilities to live and work in the community. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act does the opposite. By reducing revenue by at least $1.5 trillion, the bill increases the pressure to turn next to cut Medicaid and other programs that are critical to the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“We vehemently oppose this bill and the threats it poses to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We now turn our attention to the Senate, which is considering legislation that will also increase the deficit and repeal a portion of the Affordable Care Act that would undermine the entire law. The disability community has fought against threats to vital programs and won several times this year, and we are prepared to do it again,” said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.