Washington—No Modern Asylum Statement on the Need to Fight the American Health Care Act (AHCA):

Our healthcare and the freedom to live in our communities are under attack by the GOP and Trump. Yesterday, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. This repeal includes a 25% cut to Medicaid over the next ten years. This money pays for community-based services which has brought many thousands of people with disabilities out of institutions.

Institutions are inhumane, cruel, and imprisons millions of people with disabilities every day. In institutions people with disabilities are taken away from our friends, families, and communities; we are not allowed to live the way we wish; and we experience even higher rates of abuse than in community settings.

In addition, the lack of community-based services after many institutions were closed in the 1980s and the criminalization of disabled people-—and especially disabled people of color—led to disabled people, particularly disabled people of color, being forced into prisons and solitary confinement, a form of torture.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act is not an option. We will not go back to the days without the ACA and we will work hard to liberate us all. We demand that the United States of America stop caging people with disabilities and let us live our lives how we want in our communities with the supports we deserve.

Abolish prisons and institutions!

End the police state!

No repeal of the Affordable Care Act!

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