- Posted May 3, 2011 by
Washington, District of Columbia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- Disability Activist Rally at Capitol saying "My Medicaid Matters"
- ADAPT Medicaid Protesters Occupy Sen. Kyl's Office
- DISABILITY MEDICAID ACTIVISTS STORM OFFICES OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS HENSARLING AND CAMP (129 and 341 CH
- Disabled Activists Protest Medicaid Cuts at White House
- Disabled occupy Rep. Ryan's Office-Medicaid Protest
Rep. Ryan orders protesters with disabilities arrested
“I think it is ridiculous we have to get arrested to be able to talk to our members of Congress. But Medicaid funding means life and death for seniors and people with disabilities so, if arrests are necessary, we will do it again,” said Bruce Darling, an organizer with Rochester, NY. ADAPT, who spent the night jailed.
Under the Ryan Plan, Medicaid programs would be cut by 35%, which translates to a loss of $772 billion in human services. Additionally, the Ryan Plan proposes a system of Medicaid block grants for states—giving states greater ability to make cuts.
Of the 60 million people counting on Medicaid right now, 8.5 million are people with disabilities; 8.8 million are low income, frail, elderly and disabled individuals who rely on Medicaid to plug the gaps in Medicare coverage, such as long term care. Medicaid pays for vital services to assist people with intellectual disabilities to live and work in the community rather than be forced into an institution; and screening programs to identify and diagnose disabilities for children.
There is widespread support for services for the people with disabilities and older Americans. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 69% of Americans oppose cutting Medicaid. These results are consistent with a 2010 Harris survey that found that 89% Americans supported a tax increase to assure that people could receive services in their own homes, rather than being forced into nursing facilities or other institutions. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) polls repeatedly find that the vast majority of seniors want to age in their own homes with any needed services.