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Friday, May 01, 2009

Community Choice Act Needs High Priority

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009

During his campaign last year, President Obama promised the disability community that if elected, he would work for prompt passage of the Community Choice Act. This legislation would reform Medicaid to end the current institutional bias and increase access to community-based services and supports. It would provide those in institutions and nursing homes the option to receive community-based services, allowing them to leave the institutions and to live empowered lives within the community, and would address the problem of extremely long waiting lists by providing guaranteed access to a community-based benefit within the Medicaid system.

Instead of working to accomplish prompt passage of the Community Choice Act, however, the Obama administration has indicated that it wants to address health care reform first. This is unacceptable to disability rights advocacy groups such as ADAPT, which protested in Washington on Monday regarding President Obama's failure to keep his campaign promise to take action quickly on this important issue.

There are many people with disabilities who have been on waiting lists for community-based services for years, and in some cases decades. Some people ended up waiting so long that they died in institutions. This is not just another political issue that can be pushed aside, depending on how the winds blow. It is a matter of basic human rights and needs to be treated as such. Write to the President and your members of Congress to make it clear where you stand. For Change.org members, you can send e-mails quickly and easily by going to this action alert.

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  • :( I knew Obama wasn't the Messiah they made him out to be, but I really thought he'd do the right thing on the CCA.

    By Anonymous sanabituranima, at 5:16 PM  

  • Yep, yep and yep.

    Happy BADD!

    By Blogger Attila the Mom, at 7:21 PM  

  • I contacted my state legislator this week to ask him what he thought about it-his response was " The community what?" He did say however that calling your senators office was very important-that they actually count the number of calls coming in on a specific issue...the more calls the better chance of being heard.

    By Blogger kathleen, at 7:38 PM  

  • sanabituranima said...
    :( I knew Obama wasn't the Messiah they made him out to be, but I really thought he'd do the right thing on the CCA.

    Indeed. A false messiah is bound to disapoint and disaluaion.
    I dare say there are no quick answers.
    Don't we damn wish there were.

    Markus Worthy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:55 PM  

  • I do beg your pardon

    "disappoint and disillusion"

    Markus Worthy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:59 PM  

  • I think this is definately an important issue. It is also a concern in many areas of Canada, despite universal public health care. For instance, in Nova Scotia, the needs of a child with a disability (wheelchairs, walkers etc.) will be covered by the government if the parents put the child in an institution or nursing home, but not if they choose to care for the child at home.

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 1:28 AM  

  • I hate to be a cynic but I do not think most politicans keep most of their promises they make no matter their ideology or politcal party or stance.

    Right now, I'm very cynical about our American Government.

    By Blogger A better future for all, at 2:54 PM  

  • Everyone,

    I wouldn't be too harsh on Barack at present. Let's face facts - the economy is far and away the most important issue in the US at present and many things (the CCA included) have gone onto the back burner until it's sorted out.

    I know - that's not what anyone wants, but that's the reality of matters. All you can do is keep the issue as far forward as you can get and be patient. If there's one thing politicians can't stand it's being pushed too hard.

    No offence!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:34 AM  

  • Timelord

    I blame bush for our economy. Guess what McCain wants to do the same, exact policies which failed after 8 years of trying them. These conservative republicans are the very definition of insane because they want to do the same things over and over again and expect different results.

    Timelord, I just wish politicans would not make promises they cannot keep.

    By Blogger A better future for all, at 8:25 AM  

  • Well, Cube Demon, sometimes promises have to be broken if the situation calls for it. Here in Australia our PM Kevin Rudd promised not to touch the private health insurance safety net. But in the Budget that's being handed down here on Tuesday next week (because of the world economic crisis) it's rumoured that the government is snipping it.

    For the most part though - you're right. McCain is still bitter he lost the presidential election I'll bet!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:36 PM  

  • 7/15/2009: What is the status of the CCA? Is it still not in the current version of the HCRA that is being discussed?

    By Anonymous Mekei, at 3:36 PM  

  • Mekei: Unfortunately, that's correct, although the Obama administration recently responded to pressure from disability rights advocates by stating that it wants the CLASS Act in the legislation.

    The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has informed the White House that the lack of support for the CCA is still a concern.

    By Blogger abfh, at 4:09 PM  

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