Last night, the Senate rejected legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Below is our response.
Statement from Executive Director Bob Joondeph:
Courage. It takes courage to stand in the face of power and announce that you will not be fooled, that you will not be patronized or ignored. It is no small thing to telephone a Congressional office or email and elected official. You can feel exposed and endangered. It is no small thing to attend a rally or join a march. Telling one’s story and thereby exposing the lies and twisted arguments of the powerful takes a lot of guts.
And what about those who blocked the hallways and streets and stairways with their bodies and assistive devices? They went to jail for something important. It takes courage.
Because of your courage, we have shown that advocacy based upon the true stories of real people works. We have shown that individuals, families, organizations and communities can come together to exert influence.
We have realized our own power, created new alliances, and educated lawmakers about the real impact of health care, Medicaid, and home and community-based services. By being courageous, we have also realized and affirmed our own courage.
This battle has been won, but there are more battles ahead.
In Congress and federal agencies, there will be more attempts to threaten our services. In Oregon, special interests are collecting signatures for a ballot measure that aims to throw thousands of Oregonians off Medicaid.
But people with disabilities have seen the power of speaking up, telling our stories, forming coalitions, and putting our voices and bodies on the line to defend our rights. We are not going quietly back to the institution. We are courageous.