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National Disability Rights Network Statement on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote on Health Care Reform Legislation

For Immediate Release             
July 25, 2017                        

Contact: David Card
202.408.9514 x122

WASHINGTON – Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network, made the following statement about the Senate’s motion to proceed vote on health care reform legislation:

“Senators that supported the motion to proceed today are supporting discrimination against people with disabilities. All of the proposals to replace or repeal the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of people with insurance coverage in this country by tens of millions. This drop in insurance coverage will drastically impact people with disabilities and mean millions will lose needed and necessary health care coverage.  

“The fact that Senators decided to move forward with this disastrous plan knowing their actions will disproportionately harm people will disabilities is reprehensible.

“The Affordable Care Act, while not perfect, has helped people with disabilities live independently in the community rather than in large, expensive institutions. The ACA has made health insurance affordable to people with disabilities and it has increased access to treatment and care for people who could not get insurance before such as individuals with pre-existing conditions.

“The Senators who voted to proceed chose to return millions of people with disabilities to institutions, bankrupt them with medical bills and insurance premiums that can be raised to astronomical amounts just because a person has a disability, and will even lead to the death of some people.

“As we celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we call upon Congress to work together to fully include people with disabilities in our society through enactment of health care coverage that expands benefits and protections, and does not segregate and impoverish them.”

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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.