Medicaid: this piece of health protection that literally floats my boat. As in, allows me to function. Read my full story here if you care to. I am not alone in this: Medicaid saves a whole lot of with disabilities, both visible and in (visible).
I deeply loathe that something so fundamental as healthcare is something that we now need to rally, fight twitter battles for and write blog posts about. It galls me to no end that somehow that many Americans think this is something optional, that our government needn’t be making sure that everyone has this. It seems that many Americans have become so brainwashed by the system that they don’t realize that this is in fact a human right. That all developed countries offer systems of care that are superior to ours.
It seems to me that many Americans do not understand that we are NOWHERE on the cutting edge in this conversation.
All of this is neither here nor there. “Here” right now means that it’s on the cutting board with an axe poised above it.
So what do you do? Here are some ideas, every one of them taken from the Day of Action Toolkit – which you should visit; I’m just copy/pasting some of the stuff to make it easier for you to DO. But it’s all on their site.
1. Tweet Like You Need Twitter To Breathe
Going forth from there, here are some helpful tweets, pre-written for you to copy/paste into a tweet:
- Cutting and capping Medicaid is dangerous for PWD #SaveMedicaid
- Innovation needs funding. Cutting Medicaid isn’t the answer. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid helps PWD live lives like everyone else #SaveMedicaid
- We want to live in our homes, not nursing homes! #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
- Federal cuts and caps will shift costs onto PWD & families – People who are already struggling #SaveMedicaid
- Less money means LESS flexibility for states #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
- Less money means fewer disability services for the people who need it most! #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid helps PWD get and keep jobs so they can be taxpaying citizens & full members of their communities #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid helps support kids with disabilities so they can get the free, appropriate education they deserve #SaveMedicaid
- Unpaid caregivers (like parents) save taxpayers $450 billion a year. Cutting their support hurts everyone. #SaveMedicaid
- Waiting lists are already years long. Medicaid cuts & caps would make them even longer. #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
- Direct support workers are overworked & underpaid. Cutting & capping Medicaid makes the situation worse. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid expansion has saved thousands of lives. Don’t turn back the clock! #SaveMedicaid
- People with less shouldn’t have to pay more for basic care. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid expansion funds Community First Choice, which helps PWD live at home instead of nursing homes & institutions #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid pays for necessary #SpecEd services that students with disabilities need to succeed #SaveMedicaid
- Don’t be fooled: Caps ARE cuts. #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
- Medicaid caps = Robin Hood in reverse. #SaveMedicaid
- Timely access to care is a life or death matter. #SaveMedicaid
- We need more Medicaid funding, not less, to improve choices and quality of care. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid is my lifeline. #SaveMedicaid
- Without federal funding, states will have to choose which people to cover and which to let die. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid is the nation’s largest health insurer for kids w/ disabilities & special health care needs, covering 43% of them #SaveMedicaid #SaveOurKids
- Slashing funds to state Medicaid prgms puts tax cuts for the wealthy ahead of children and their futures. #SaveMedicaid
- Nearly half of Medicaid beneficiaries are children: 30+million low‐income kids rely on benefits to live. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid is currently the gold standard for children’s health care, including #EPSDT. Don’t force states to cut benefits. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid covers foster children and children with disabilities. #SaveMedicaid so these kids stay safe & healthy.
- Kids with disabilities should be in their own homes, not nursing homes. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid is the largest source of funding nationwide for maternity care. #SaveMedicaid
- 1in7 seniors rely on Medicaid for care as they age. #SaveMedicaid
- Medicaid cuts and caps put our seniors in danger. #SaveMedicaid
- “Flexibility” shouldn’t mean fewer, lower quality options for people with disabilities and families #SaveMedicaid
2. Take a Selfie and Share Your Reasons to #SaveMedicaid
This is straight out of the Action ToolKit, y’all. They say that
Stories and photos have major power. Print out this #SaveMedicaid Poster and use the blank space to write how cuts and caps to Medicaid will affect you. Take a selfie while holding your sign and post it to social media, tagging #SaveMedicaid and your Member of Congress (find your Members of Congress and their twitter account here).
And that is good advice for everyone reading this who has a personal stake in Medicaid, be it their own use, a child’s, a parent’s or a relative’s.
If you are a friend of mine without a disability – heck, if you are a FRIEND OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, then I ask that you just make a sign and say what is meaningful to you. Statistics? How about how many lives will be potentially be lost if this is cut?
You might not have anything to lose with this, but you know we do. And you care. So stand with us now, please, because we need you.
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.