Senate votes to move forward with Affordable Care Act repeal

Photo of Bob wearing glasses smiling at the camera.Today, the Senate voted to move forward with consideration of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Below is our response.

Statement from Executive Director Bob Joondeph: 

On the eve of the 27th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Senate stands on the precipice of undoing nearly half a century of social progress for people with disabilities.

Today’s Senate vote brings us one step closer to dismantling home and community-based services that make it possible for millions of people with disabilities to live in their communities and engage with the world.

In the more than 30 years I’ve spent advocating for disability rights, this is the single greatest threat to the health, safety, and freedom of Oregonians with disabilities. The deep cuts to in-home services in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) will force people with disabilities out of their communities and into nursing homes and isolation.

The bill undermines our efforts to achieve key goals of the ADA: independent living, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency. The BCRA can’t be fixed. We urge Senators to vote no.