Like everybody else who watched President Clinton speak tonight, I am high. High as a kite, feeling hopeful, and happy, and emboldened. President Clinton gave the best speech of his life. Because it matters.
And here’s the most important part of that speech, for me.
They also want to block grant Medicaid and cut it by a third over the coming decade. Of course, that will hurt poor kids, but that’s not all. Almost two-thirds of Medicaid is spent on nursing home care for seniors and on people with disabilities, including kids from middle class families, with special needs like, Downs syndrome or Autism. I don’t know how those families are going to deal with it. We can’t let it happen.
A vote for Romney/Ryan is a vote against the health and well-being of my niece, who has Down Syndrome. That’s because if states had a Medicaid block grant, they’d have a set amount of funds. They’d have to cover who they could, and make up the difference if the grant didn’t cover the cost. Or not. States are very good at not spending if they don’t have to. They don’t like to raise taxes, after all.
So let me say this again. A vote for Romney/Ryan is a vote against my niece, who has Down Syndrome. There is absolutely nobody–nobody–who could convince me otherwise. (Except perhaps Romney and Ryan, if they admit that their block grant idea is ludicrous and retract it.)
The political is personal. Tell me that you’re planning to vote for Romney/Ryan, I will show you a picture of my niece. Be prepared to defend your position.
This is serious.