McCain says No to Community Choice
Jul 09 02:06
From the Washington Post, here is a partial transcript of a town hall meeting in Denver, Colo., for presidential hopeful John McCain:
QUESTION: Senator McCain, thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask you this question today. I'm a member -- and my friends, and we're members of a group called ADAPT. We were in Washington in April, and 40 people with disabilities were arrested.
We came to your office to ask you to support our national legislation, the Community Choice Act. What that would do is it would end the institutional bias and allow people with disabilities to choose where we live and receive services.
We live in one of the best states in the country. I'm from Mississippi. My friend, Latanya Reed, she's from Tennessee. Sheila Dean, she's from St. Louis, Missouri. We come from all over the country to receive services in the community. Will you sign on to support the Community Choice Act?
MCCAIN: I will not, because I don't think that it's the right kind of legislation. I'm proud to have been one of the many people who was involved with the original Americans with Disabilities Act. And we will continue to update it and upgrade and improve as needed.
The Community Choice Act is not a piece of legislation that I support. And I will be glad -- as we did, when you came to my office, and many of your friends came, as well -- and I will continue to communicate with you, and I will continue to my commitment to all Americans with disabilities.
So how can McCain say he supports the rights of people with disabilities and yet stubbornly refuse to fix a system that still deprives so many of the right to choose where they live based on whether or not they need help getting dressed in the morning? We’re not talking about new money, here. We’re talking about taking Medicaid money that right now is attached to a bed in a facility and instead allowing the person who needs that money to decide where it should be spent. This is hardly a liberal issue; in fact, it’s blood-red. Studies show services at home cost less than services in facilities. The original Community Choice Act, MiCASSA, was sponsored by Newt Gingrich, a true conservative.
This is a true sign of what we can expect from a McCain presidency. He thinks so little of what many of us to see as our most important cause — and so little of our movement — that he actually seeks to gain political traction by opposing us so openly, so publicly.
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Jul 09 03:10
It would seem that Mr. McCain has shifted his position on our rights.
Go here for more info: http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=139423
Also, let's not forget that both the Americans with Disabilities Act and its predecessor, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 were both signed into law by Republican presidents. This adds truth to the statement that with the signing of these two laws, Republicans have done more real good for the disabled community in the past 40 years than have Democrats with all their fluff and false promises and talk about "change".
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