A group from the Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) gathered outside the Federal Building in Downtown Salt Lake City Tuesday Afternoon. They were protesting the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act saying that Republicans in congress have overlooked the needs of Americans with disabilities.
“We just feel like congress is not looking at that, they’re trying to ram this through," says Jerry Costley, Executive Director of DRAC Utah. "This is something that takes thoughtful planning and we want them to take a careful look at what it will do to us.”
Costley says legislation proposed by House Republicans intended to replace Obamacare doesn’t have the same protection for preexisting conditions. Especially for Utahns who aren’t able to work.
Also, planned block grants could lead to significant cuts in Medicaid funding to states. Giving states freedom to cut services that many people with disabilities rely on.
“We’re asking that they’ll look at this, they’ll be more careful with what they’re doing," Costley says. "And not just say, ‘We hate the affordable care act, we’re going to get rid of it.’”
Costley says the demonstration in front of the Federal Building is meant to remind members of Utah’s congressional delegation about the needs of their constituents with disabilities. And that they shouldn’t be ignored.