Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Going After the Weak.

That's what Trump is trying to do with this latest bill repealing the ACA....put a clause in there to cut Medicaid.   You know, the insurance for disabled children and adults, and also the elderly poor....it's what keeps Grandma in the nursing home without the family having to go broke.

"That would mark a dramatic shift for the state-federal program that has operated as an entitlement since its inception in 1965. And, such a change would trigger deep consequences for people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to access everything from doctors to support services to live in the community, advocates say.
“The legislation revealed by House Republicans … is a giant step backwards in the treatment and care of individuals with disabilities,” said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network. “It caps Medicaid funding which means a sharp reduction in services and availability of this important health care lifeline for children and adults with disabilities. In short, this plan is terrible.”

There are SO many people who still don't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.  Even after people sit there and explain it to them, they still revert to Rethug jargon.  I guess it's easier to stick your head into the sand.  Until, of course, you're the one who needs the nursing home, right?

Putting caps on Medicaid is no different than cutting it.  So, you can say goodbye to your kid's ABA, wraparound therapy services, aides in school, speech/occupational therapists, social skills, adult waivers - oh that's right, the providers don't take Medicaid.....mental health services and the pharmaceuticals that go with them, respite for families.

You can say, oh, they won't pass it.  They may not.  And again, they may.  Do we really trust them?  Bernie can do all the town halls he wants.  They can agree with them on MSNBC all he wants.  It doesn't make them "get it."

Get this.  Cuts in Medicaid will actually KILL PEOPLE.

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