[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Obama healthcare victims (cont.): 100 disabled activists
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Sun May 24 11:59:08 BST 2009
May 14, 2009
Dear Friends of Disability Rights Activism:
The ADAPT Community has just returned from an intense 4-day action in
Washington, DC. ADAPT activists sent a message to the Obama
Administration and Congress that people with disabilities and older
Americans want long term services and supports, including the reform of
the institutional bias in Medicaid and Medicare, to be included in any
health care legislation.
We thought the Obama Administration and the Democratically controlled
Congress would be more receptive to our message of including long term
services and supports in health care reform. That was their promise.
However, their surprisingly negative response can not dim our call to
end the institutional bias in our long term care system. ADAPT did not
back down. If this issue is put off yet again, how many lives will be
stolen as people are forced into unconscionable options?
Our message was sent at a cost. Over 100 ADAPT activists were arrested
at the White House fence on Monday and Capitol Hill on Tuesday,
demanding President Obama and Congress end the institutional bias by
including the Community Choice Act in health care reform legislation.
We need your assistance to offset what we project to be at least $15,000
of fines and legal fees that we will be assessed for our disability
rights activism. Most ADAPT activists are low income people with
disabilities, many on SSI. All contributions will be used for fines and
legal fees and are tax deductible.
We will not be intimidated. ADAPT activists will continue our battle to
end the institutional bias in Medicaid and pass the Community Choice Act.
All contributions can be sent to:
ADAPT Community Legal Defense Fund
1640A East 2nd St Austin, Texas 78702
For an Institution Free America,
Rahnee Patrick, Organizer The ADAPT Community
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