Author Archives: DREDF

Like A Bad Zombie Movie, Obamacare Repeal Is Back!

September 18, 2017
Like an extended horror movie that just won’t end, news outlets and pundits alike are increasingly abuzz about Senate GOP efforts to squash Obamacare – yet again. The latest piece of proposed legislation to repeal/replace provisions of the Affordable Care Act needs to beat the September 30 deadline and like a pack of pesky zombies who once seemed dead the new bill, Graham-Cassidy, like the other GOP healthcare reform bills before it is suddenly making Obamacare repeal efforts seem very much alive. Or, at least, not quite yet dead.

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DREDF Statement on Hollywood Hills Tragedy

September 13, 2017
As the southern half of the United States begins repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, news reports surfaced that residents of a Hollywood Hills assisted living facility called The Rehabilitation Center were inside the center without air conditioning. Eight people died even though there was a hospital across the street, just mere yards from the nursing home.

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We Won

July 28, 2017
Last night the disability community witnessed the fruits of our labor when the Senate GOP failed in its quest to repeal and replace, or just repeal, the Affordable Care Act. Make no mistake, this would not have happened if disabled activists hadn't pushed the issue initially and kept it alive in headlines and in the minds of elected officials by visiting Senator's offices, calling, writing, emailing daily and, yes, risking arrest, sitting-in and being arrested until the rest of the country could catch up.  The nation owes groups like ADAPT a huge debt of gratitude.

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27th Anniversary of the ADA

July 26, 2017
As the the sun sets here in the West, we extend our thanks to Senator Bob Casey for supporting liberty and freedom for Americans with Disabilities on the 27th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We'll rise on July 27, and continue to work with you and our fellow advocates to defend access to health care for millions of Americans.

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Atlantic Documentary: The Disabled Fight for Health Care

July 10, 2017
For this short documentary, The Atlantic's Jeremy Raff traveled to the heart of the disability rights movement in the San Francisco Bay Area to learn why people with disabilities fear the Republican health plan. In the compelling 10 minute video, DREDF's own Mary Lou Breslin relates that cuts to Medicaid could ultimately cost 3 million people with disabilities their freedom, and erode "40 years of hard won gains by the disability rights movement."

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A Delay is Good, but the Fight for Healthcare is Not Over

June 28, 2017
DREDF is grateful to the thousands of disabled Americans who have visited the offices of elected officials in recent weeks either by demonstrating or by meeting with staff, and for those who have called, emailed, tweeted, and shared Facebook messages with your Senators and Representatives.

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Congressional Budget Office: “Senate health-care bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026”

June 27, 2017
On Monday, June 26, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their assessment of the draft Senate GOP health care bill and the news is as bad as expected. There will be a reduction of $772 billion in federal Medicaid spending, representing a 26% reduction for the program by 2026.

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