June 6th Day of Action and Media
On June 6th thousands of people across the U.S. took a stand to protect Medicaid, stop Medicaid cuts and caps, and save the services that allow people with disabilities to live and participate in their community. We joined together and said “No!” to over $800 billion in cuts that will leave 10 million people with disabilities at risk of losing the services they depend on.
People rallied in D.C. and across the nation; called, wrote letters to, tweeted, and visited their representatives; took selfies to show the “Faces of Medicaid“; shared their stories and asked others to join; wrote op-eds; and more.
Please enjoy and add to our photo wall “Faces of Medicaid“
In 24 hours: there were over 19,500 tweets to #SaveMedicaid with over 76.9 Million timeline deliveries! And we were trending on twitter – not just in DC – for a good while yesterday.
There were 8,911 different contributors, so quite a lot of people participated at some level.
Channel 5 @4pm: http://my.tvey.es/Fy78A
Channel 5 @6pm: http://my.tvey.es/i2NFa
Channel 7: http://my.tvey.es/Ze6m9
According to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), “Medicaid cuts will harm children, families, people with disabilities, veterans, and aging Americans. It is wrong to cut the essential services so that the rich can receive a massive tax cut. I will work to keep Medicaid whole and keep services flowing.”
Cindy Jennings of Lititz, PA said, “My son Matthew is why I’m here, fighting against cuts to Medicaid. Matthew and I have a lot in common—we both work and are active in our community. Our life, which is probably a lot like yours, is possible because of Medicaid. Matthew’s disabilities require supports that give him dignity and independence and, without his Medicaid-funded services, I couldn’t work and provide for our family. Medicaid makes all the difference for our family and thousands of families across the country and I won’t let Congress take it and all the progress Matthew has made away.”
According to Kim Musheno, Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the largest national coalition of disability organization in the country, “Today’s rallies and actions across the country send a clear message to Congress that the entire disability community and our allies are united in opposition to Medicaid cuts and caps. The lives of millions of people with disabilities and their families literally depend on Medicaid. Billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid would decimate our country’s community support system and put people’s lives at risk.”