Barack Obama’s campaign is circulating a press release about how much he supports the Community Choice Act (more-or-less formerly known as MiCASSA).
“There remain severe shortcomings in our country’s efforts to break down the barriers that exclude people with disabilities and deprive them of true equality of opportunity and independence,” says Obama (or whoever writes his statements). And then there’s a bunch of stuff about how we lead the world in empowerment, it’s up to us, blah blah blah. Oh, and a paragraph that sums up and fleshes out ADAPT’s slogan “Our homes NOT nursing homes” that I suspect someone in our community wrote for him.
Obama’s press release, regardless of who actually wrote it, means at least one front-runner in the presidential race is taking our issues seriously (or has a savvy campaign worker who does) and is directly attempting to curry our support. If Obama's elected president it may mean legislation important to us will no longer languish in Congress as it tends to do.
But when I went on the Web to see the listed sponsors I couldn’t help notice that even though Obama says he supports the CCA now, one of the original cosponsors, who supported this bill before it was considered politically savvy to do so, is someone named “Mrs. Clinton.” … Oh, yeah, and two guys named “Biden” and "Dodd."