GOP puts politics and partisanship ahead of disability community and older Americans
Republicans vote against funding home and community based services
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(Washington, DC) Today, the GOP members of the House of Representatives stood en masse against the U.S. Senate-passed budget resolution. This resolution would pave the way for Congress to use the reconciliation process to pass a $3.5T infrastructure package that would invest in home and community based services among other vital needs.
GOP Ignores The Disability Community
“Today, the GOP showed their true colors and put partisanship and political gamesmanship ahead of the disability community, older Americans and quality health care. Their ‘no’ vote on the budget resolution further illustrates how out of touch they truly are,” said Ady Barkan, Co-Founder of Be A Hero. “At stake in this legislation is $400 billion in home- and community-based services funding. Funding that would prevent disabled children, adults, and seniors throughout the country from being ripped from their families and forced into institutions. Funding that would allow kids like Cole and Taryn the opportunity to stay at home with their parents and siblings. Funding that would allow older Americans the opportunity to receive the care they need to live with dignity at home with their loved ones. The time for partisan politics is over. Consumers who require home care services must no longer be ignored by Congress.”
A recent Morning Consult-Politico poll shows 76 percent, including 64 percent of Republican voters, favor President Biden’s caregiving proposal. That’s consistent with past polling that has found that the majority of Americans support investments in home care.
“We are again in the midst of a national care crisis. With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day, demand for home care services for seniors and people with disabilities in the United States is surging. More than 800,000 older and disabled people who qualify for Medicaid are on state waiting lists for home care, with an average wait time of 39 months. Our aging relatives and loved ones with disabilities deserve better,” added Barkan.
As Congress prepares to debate the budget during the reconciliation process, Be A Hero has teamed up with home care consumers throughout the country to pressure Congress to include $400 billion in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) funding.