I shot this brief video yesterday. It important for our lawmakers and policymakers to see exactly what the results of their actions will be. The Cassidy-Graham Act will remove essential services for Koan. While I’m not surprised, I’m very disappointed that Senator Grassley is putting partisan politics (by his own admission) above the needs of disabled people like Koan. Senator Ernst is still undecided. I would encourage everyone to share this video on your Twitter, Facebook and other social media feeds. If you choose to do this, please tag your senators’ accounts in that media — so their staff will see the post. I like the hashtag #SaveMedicaid, too, for Twitter users.
To be crystal clear, when I’m calling for action, I’m not asking anyone to put aside their own political beliefs. I think nearly all people agree with this quote from Gandhi, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” During the last ten years, I have never met a person who really believes that our government should not assist in the care of disabled people like Koan. I would like your help in convincing our elected officials that opposition to Cassidy-Graham is non-partisan. It’s not about being a Democrat, an independent, or a Republican. This is a human rights issue. The contents of this bill are fundamentally unAmerican.
The main tools we have to stop this dangerous legislation is our voices and our stories. As I’ve said before, calls are really effective. It’s also helpful to call more than once. The offices also look at call volume. So, even if you’ve already called this week, another call or two is helpful. I also encourage you to share Koan’s stories that you’ve read on this blog. Putting names and narrative to the message really adds impact. It’s also very important to be passionate, but polite. Remember, our goal is impact and change feelings. Anger, while understandable, is not helpful. Below is the contact information for the Iowa senators. Please use any and all of these methods many times over the next week. I’ve also included some talking points, too.
- Identify yourself by name and your current city of residence.
- Urge the Senator to oppose the Cassidy-Graham Act.
- Tell them you are speaking for a disabled, non-verbal 10-year-old boy.
- Cuts, block grants, and per-capita spending limits (all part of Cassidy-Graham) would strip the disabled of essential services.