My Fear as an American with Cerebral palsy

You may have read the last article on my deepest fears about without my parents. After brainstorming that article, I began to think more and more about my fears as an American citizen with a disability.

As an American citizen, I am afraid, mostly because of President Donald J. Trump’s agenda to remove Medicaid from those who have pre-existing conditions. So, what does this mean for the future of the disability community?

It breaks my heart to say this, but I don’t think that the Medicaid cuts will get better any time soon, especially with Donald J Trump in office. I don’t say this to be disrespectful to anybody’s beliefs or to offend anyone, but because in terms of Medicaid cuts, we all need to start preparing for the worst.

My biggest fear is that in the next few years of Donald Trump’s presidency, Trump will find a way to take Medicaid from people with pre-existing conditions, which will also take away the benefits people with disabilities need to live their lives to the best of their abilities.

Thinking about Medicaid cuts for people with pre-existing conditions makes my mind go about a thousand miles per hour. in the path when thinking about I can’t even fathom what’s in store for the futures of American citizens with disabilities. Let’s be honest: There is no bright side to removing Medicaid for people with pre-existing conditions. To be blunt, people need to wake up and see the damage our President is doing to the American disability community..

The secretary of schools, Betsy DeVos has also rescinded 72 documents that outline disabled students’. I can’t help but think what this would mean for this younger generation of kids with disabilities.

These are the people that that are supposed to inspire and lead in the fight for proper education for all students. I’m already not a fan of the public school system (and plan on homeschooling my future children), but these people just make our education system worse.
In all seriousness, I don’t know what the future holds for the disability community as a whole, which makes me afraid of America’s future.President Trump has brought America to back to a time full of hatred for minority groups. This is a step backward, especially for people with disabilities, who had to fight for their rights to be active citizens in “the land of the free.”

It’s imperative that we, as people with disabilities, start advocating to save Medicare, to get rid of the marriage penalty law for people on Medicaid, and to get rid of all of the rules and regulations that don’t stand for our rights as citizens.

As an American with a disability, my hope for the future and for other people with disabilities is that Trump doesn’t get re-elected this next election cycle. I hope that after the next election on November 3, 2020, we will have a president that focuses on the challenges people with disabilities face in society. I hope that in the future, the President will forever lay to rest the misconceptions about people with disabilities, and we will finally have a voice to say “Enough is enough.”

 

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