As I am sure you have all seen by now the “skinny repeal” failed in the Senate last night, or I guess more accurately early this morning! This is no small part due to the AMAZING grassroots advocacy from The Arc chapters around the country. You were strong, passionate, you kept showing up, and it made all the difference! The larger activist community at the local, state and national level have seen the power of the disability community, and that will carry us as we face the attacks to Medicaid that we know will come.
BUT, that will not happen today, so bask in the victory. Be sure to thank Senator McCain (AZ), Senator Murkowski (AK) and Senator Collins (ME), they faced great pressure until the very end, and held strong. The process that moves forward is fluid, and you can expect more information from us later today. Thank you, thank you again from the bottom of my heart!
Nicole Nicole Jorwic, Director, Rights Policy, The Arc