The demonstration was organized by the group Disabilities for Attendant Programs Today – which is trying to raise awareness about the devastating impacts of the Paul Ryan Republican budget on state Medicaid programs.
The Ryan budget cuts Medicaid funding by $810 billion over the next ten years – meaning states would have to get by with 34% less federal funding in the program. The Urban Institute estimated that the Republican cuts would lead to 27 million poor, disabled, and elderly Americans losing their Medicaid health insurance coverage over the next decade.
This is a direct assault on the nation’s social safety net – all to pay for $3 trillion in tax cuts for the nation’s oligarchs. Progressives need to hang the Ryan budget on the necks of all the Republicans who voted for it – so that voters know who’s looking out for the billionaires and who’s looking out for the rest of us.