Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are hellbent on scoring a healthcare win through their incessant efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. These bills have done under different names, but they are collectively known as Trumpcare. Though this year’s bills have all failed, Republicans keep introducing new repeal bills. Like undead monsters that just won’t stay in of the grave, Trumpcare keeps coming back to haunt us.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are responsible for the latest attempt to resurrect Trumpcare. They’ve introduced a new healthcare bill as part of their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as the ‘Graham/Cassidy bill’. Other Republican senators, like Dean Heller of Nevada, have also expressed support for this bill.
This incarnation of Trumpcare is even worse than the ‘skinny repeal’ rejected by Congress in July. The skinny repeal was bad enough, but Graham/Cassidy is probably the worst proposed version … Continue Reading ››
At a September 2016 campaign stop in Orlando, Florida, Hillary Clinton delivered her Inclusive Economies speech
, which unveiled a progressive pro-disability platform. In her speech, Secretary Clinton painted a picture of an "
inclusive economy that welcomes people with disabilities, values their work, and treats them with respect."
By claiming progress for people with disabilities through the lens of employment and economic participation, she struck right at the heart of American inclusion.
The quintessential goal of the disability advocacy movement is independent living: The opportunity to prepare for a career life, hold down a job and have agency over important decisions. As the then leader of the Democratic Party, Clinton called on all Americans to focus our energy on making this nation a better place to live for people with disabilities. Although the election results mean Clinton won't be implementing this platform, her call to action remains a priority for individuals, … Continue Reading ››
The Dietrich, Idaho locker room assault victim
needs to matter to organizations in disability rights advocacy and mental health advocacy. He needs to matter to human rights advocacy groups. He needs to matter to civil rights groups, and groups advocating against hate crimes. He needs to matter to advocacy organizations that fight to help survivors of torture.
The silence from national disability advocacy organizations makes it clear that when it comes to crimes against disabled victims, Black lives don’t matter.
This silence is complete and familiar.
This silence is a further indignity on this 18-year-old African American disabled victim. What happened to this innocent Black victim screaming in a cold storage closet of locker room at a public high school didn’t matter to the prosecutor. It didn’t matter to the town’s football team. The victim’s lifelong trauma didn’t matter to the judge, who shouted insulting accusations at the victim’s parents in open … Continue Reading ››