1 in 5: How Repealing the ACA will Impact the Disabled Community
introduced and curated by Alice Wong
By idobi Staff |
January 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Rally in support of the Affordable Care Act in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Photo by LaDawna Howard
As January 20th approaches, many communities are preparing for the changes and uncertainty that lie ahead with the new administrations. Among the groups that feel unsafe and under threat, people with disabilities are rarely mentioned or included in the media coverage. Below are a few articles about the repeal of the ACA and how that will impact millions of people. When we think of showing solidarity with marginalized communities, remember that 1 in 5 Americans have a disability and that they are part of every facet of society.
“Late at night, while most of us were sleeping, the Senate voted to kill me. I’m sure that some of you will call me dramatic and say that I’m exaggerating. ‘They’re not going to repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it―and with something better!’
I’ve heard this so many times, yet even as the repeal has been voted on in the Senate and has been introduced in the House, I still haven’t seen a replacement bill introduced.” – Sarah Blahovec, Huffington Post
“When each provision of the Affordable Care Act became reality, it was like another prayer was answered.
Yet some of those same people who had prayed for us, month after month, were furious. They hated President Obama on principle — “Obamacare” could be nothing but a disaster to them. Over and over they railed against Obama’s overreach, voted for politicians who promised to repeal the ACA, ranted against the individual buyer mandate, and against “moochers” who wanted “free healthcare.” And then, when my husband’s next set of MRIs came around, they sent notes about their hopes and prayers…” – Lea Grover, Bustle
“For the millions of Americans with disabilities who depend on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act to access the health care and public services that mean basic survival, it is policy — not personal insult — that has brought terror and despair in the aftermath of last night’s Trump victory.” – Ari Ne’eman, Vox
Alice Wong is a San Francisco-based degenerate television watcher, cat lover, and coffee drinker. Currently, she is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. You can find her prowling around Twitter: @SFdirewolf