The Republican Party has an Assault on the ADA and the Disabled

If you are like many disabled who value family values you occasionally vote for members of the Republican Party as I (violating a cardinal rule using the singular) did in fact do when I voted for a man I consider my friend Senator Roy Blunt and for the former Navy SEAL now Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

I now sit in amazement at what has transpired for the disabled under the current Republican Administration and in Congress. Once thought of rock solid ADA Accommodations being fought for by the White House and the Attorney Generals across America but they have all either deleted their ADA websites or pointed the Disabled to other Agencies as the Missouri Attorney General has done.

I hold an ADA Accommodation from the State of Missouri for Flex Time and Flex location but both are being denied and I am in fact being threatened with Termination every time I use my ADA Accommodation. Missouri recently passed an unheard of law making it impossible to sue for Discrimination unless someone has jumped through hoops. Which is why DSHE tells every minority or disabled person to sue in Washington DC the original Jurisdiction for Civil Rights. Challenge the Missouri Civil Rights Law as a violation of our Constitutional due process rights. Find a disabled lawyer, fight back.

We need to flood the Courts with lawsuits that are filed against Attorney Generals who do not fight for the ADA and the disabled. Attorney Generals like Josh Hawley of Missouri should not get to choose to terminate ADA representation for the public. We represent fifty-seven million Americans and one Million Disabled Missouri.

As a member of both the Republican and Democratic Parties as via an Independent I find the assault on the disabled disheartening and downright mean. More and more wealth the for those born with it, those who stole it from minorities when they robo signed 4 Billion dollars worth of wealth from minorities under the previous Republican Administration. But GWB never had it in for the cruel way people are treated. In fact GWB (George Walker Bush) called our current Administration cruel for what it is doing to America and its families. The disabled are looked upon as garbage but odds are the current President suffers from some sort of disability himself with the erratic behavior. I once wanted someone not from DC to be President so he or she could rattle things up. Now my mother’s words come back to haunt me, be careful for what you wish for. I bet there are many in the Rust Belt thinking exactly that at this moment.

 

Government in Lockstep with Corporations Leaves Millions Disabled owing taxes

‘I’m having trouble supporting a wife and a government on the same salary.’

While DSHE watched the tax plan unfolding in the middle of the night, Amendments written with handwritten  scribbles that some members of the Senate claimed they were like cartoon character drawings. What was not funny about it was the entire bill was written in secrete then rushed through both the Senate and Congress.

Here is what is wrong with the Tax Bill which makes the bill a tax on disability according to American Progress

Number 1 -the Bill Eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate

“With so many failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans have decided to squeeze their attacks on health care into their tax plan. The Senate version of the bill would repeal the ACA’s individual mandate. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, this would drive up premiums by 10 percent in 2019 and result in 13 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2025. The Center for American Progress has estimated that the typical middle-class family buying health insurance on the individual market would see its premiums balloon by nearly $2,000 per year, putting vital care out of reach, including for many individuals with disabilities.”

Number 2 the Bill raises taxes on people facing high medical bills

According to American Progress”

A particularly mean-spirited provision in the House version of the tax plan would end the medical expense deduction, which enables people who have incurred very high medical bills­­­­—specifically, medical expenses that exceed 10 percent of their income for the year—to deduct those expenses from their federal income taxes. In 2015, this deduction helped 8.8 million families, offering financial relief amid crushing medical bills that would have otherwise driven people into debt.

Eliminating this deduction would be especially devastating for people with disabilities and severe illnesses, who frequently face thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs for long-term supports and services­­. It could put critical home- and community-based services and even life-sustaining treatments out of reach, pushing people out of their communities and into costly , isolating institutions, bankruptcy, or both.”

We could not think it would get any worse for the disabled now according to American Progress”

Makes research on drugs for rare conditions more expensive

Another provision buried in both the House and Senate tax bills would weaken or even eliminate altogether a tax credit that encourages pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for so-called orphan medical conditions­­––rare conditions such as cystic fibrosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Job syndrome. This tax credit is especially important, as development of new drugs and treatments for rare conditions may not be in a pharmaceutical company’s financial interest. Its elimination could mean that people with rare diseases or health conditions may never receive life-saving treatment.”

We will not quote American Progress entire Article but the remaining four items are concern are

Number 4 the Tax Bill makes disability accessibility more expensive for small businesses

Number 5 the Tax Bill raises taxes for people with student loans

Number 6 the Tax Bill ends a tax credit that spurs investment in struggling communities.

Number 7 the Tax Bill leads to automatic cuts to Medicare and other critical programs for people with disabilities.

The last four items stated by American Progress are so heinous to DSHE that we are going to post an article about each of the subjects and how it affects the disabled community at large. It is apparent the Trump Administration is at war with the Disabled from the moment the Whitehouse took down the Web Page for the Disabled and the resources the Obama Whitehouse had given to the Disabled Community.

It is obvious that everything President Obama has done for the Disabled has been stripped away. The President says he wants to help Disabled Veterans but forgets the 42 million other Americans who are disabled. How can 57 Million people be sold out, because we lack one cohesive voice, we lack the structured organization of the Same Sex Marriage movement. We lack the historical documentation of suffrage that African Americans and women were given Amendments to the Bill of Rights but all the Disabled received was an ADA that is being used against us and not for us.

Now we are left out of any tax breaks because the median income for disabled Americans from 16-64 is $41,000, not over 100K as with White College Educated men. Therefore there is not the chance of getting a tax break for a disabled man or woman.

So we disabled are being left behind. We are being singled out and marginalized and the honored servicemen and women who were once whole but now are broken and used to be thrown out without resources can say the government gives them some help compared to non service related disabled Americans who get denied Social Security therefore they get denied SNAP then they get DENIED Medicare under this new Tax plan that is the old Heartless Tax plan Congress is putting out under a heartless Administration. Unless you are a corporation this government only wants you to die leaving them all of your Social Security to buy more missiles to kill instead of healing our people.

Enough is enough we must speak out call email and write your two senators and one Congressman, then move on to your neighboring states and keep calling until you have call all 100 Senators and 525 Representatives. We did, so it is possible, We have to show we mean voting business, vote as a block that is our challenge