WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union and more than 30 organizations will hold a “Don’t Cap Our Care!” rally on Capitol Hill today in opposition to the effort to undermine Medicaid in the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
The rally will feature impacted people, advocates and lawmakers, including Senators Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), and former Congressman Tony Coelho, among others, to highlight the effects of the proposed Medicaid cuts and per capita caps on people with disabilities.
Faiz Shakir, American Civil Liberties Union national political director, issued the following statement:
“By slashing nearly a trillion dollars in funding for Medicaid, the American Health Care Act is nothing less than an assault on people with disabilities.
“For those who need care the most, Medicaid is more than an insurance plan — it’s an essential lifeline that empowers them to live on their own instead of in a nursing home or institution.
“With people power on our side, we won’t rest in our work until the Senate puts this shameful bill to rest.”
The rally will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at 1st St. and Constitution Ave., NE in Washington, DC.