Sep. 19, 2011: Hundreds of Disability Medicaid Activists Storm Offices of U.S. Reps. Hensaling and Camp

Washington, DC — Building on a protest earlier today at the WhiteHouse 
in response to the President’s debt plan, the national disability rights
group ADAPT is now at the Cannon House Office Building at Independence and
1st Avenues demanding that Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan), two of the House Republican Super Committee members
work with them, to ensure that Medicaid dollars are invested in
cost-saving community supports.

“I am personally offended that Congressional Republicans, especially one
from my state, think deficit reduction should only come from spending cuts
to critical programs, including Medicaid,” said Michelle Dooley of Forth
Worth, Texas, near the district of Super Committee Co-Chair Hensarling.
“My 26 year old son uses home services funded by Medicaid. Without these services, he would have to go back to the state institution, where his
behavioral issues dramatically escalate. Millionaires and billionaires
don’t face the same threat my son and I do. They should pay their fair
share to get our fiscal house in order andreduce the deficit.”

“Community-based Medicaid services give us independence, health care, help
our families stay together, and provide jobs,” said Randy Alexander of
Memphis ADAPT. “States have already made significant cuts to Medicaid. How
many more people with disabilities and seniors must lose our basic
freedoms and lives in order to have done our share?”

Visit the ADAPT website for further information: http://www.adapt.org

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