Medicare and Medicaid are sustainable, so advocates and voices with disabilities get involved. All those who are with firm belief in this horrible Sen. Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin’s Proposal, must make clear to their Members of Congress that blocking Medicaid and dismantling Medicare is not the answer to our nation’s deficit. On the backs of the elderly, disabled, poor, veterans, homeless etc, this is a party that has shown continued distaste for both programs since their conception. Toss in some Tea party radical right-wingers with intentions of giving the rich more and the poor less. Senator Ryan is the chair of the finance committee and leader of this party ( if it is
one) and is hell bent on being the leader of this so called new formed pact of Republicans.
Everyone should tell their Congressional members exactly what is at stake. The health of people with I/DD may very well be at risk if it becomes more difficult or costly to access needed health services. What will happen if you or your family member loses services under Medicaid or if you have to pay for long term services and supports? And the idea that Medicare may be dismantled and go to private pay Insurance, well we all know the results of that. We are saddled now with the lack of cooperation in Congress because they will not support a bidding method which could and would reduce such costs for all.
Everyone with any interest at all must let their members know what the biggest concerns are for individuals and families with I/DD if state Medicaid programs are turned into block grants. With less money, would states make it more difficult to become eligible for Medicaid?
- Would they cut benefits?
- Would they cut current levels of spending?
- Would they decide not to cover currently eligible populations?
- Would the states stop serving certain groups of people?
- Would they stop providing entire categories of services?
- Would people with I/DD be able to obtain health care?
- Would people with I/DD have long term services in community settings or would they be forced into institutions?
As a minority, we must make our voices heard. We all understand that sacrifices will need to be made to address our nation’s deficit problems. We all need to help Congress understand that solving these problems is going to take a common sense and balanced approach. We cannot solve our problems by only focusing on the poor, the elderly, and people with disabilities, and allowing the continuation of the breaks for the wealthy.
So if you are concerned, get on the wagon and let them hear your voices.