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Default On America (DOA) Act Takes Away Medicaid From Millions
WASHINGTON D.C. – In response to the House vote passing the Default On America Act, Nicole Jorwic, chief of advocacy and campaigns at Caring Across Generations, released the following statement:
“Let’s call it like it is: the Default On America Act will directly harm millions of families across this country. I find it alarming that this extreme proposal will take Medicaid away from millions who do not meet new bureaucratic work requirements, including people who have a hard time finding work, such as those in poor health and older people over 50, including those with disabilities.
“On the whole, the Default on America Act cuts access to not only Medicaid but also food assistance and other programs that not only help millions of older adults, children, and disabled people, but also benefit our economic resilience and work to create a sustainable future where everyone can thrive.
“This plan puts a false choice in front of us: take care away from families, children, older adults, and disabled people — or force a default that will disrupt Social Security checks and raise interest rates on credit cards, mortgages and car payments.
“There is a better way: raise the debt ceiling cleanly and invest in the care we need by making the ultra-wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share.”
Caring Across Generations is a national organization of family caregivers, care workers, disabled people, and aging adults working to transform the way we care in this country so that care is accessible, affordable and equitable— and our systems of care enable everyone to live and age with dignity.
To achieve our vision, we transform cultural norms and narratives about aging, disability and care; win federal and state-level policies; and build power amongst the people touched by care. For more information, visit CARINGACROSS.ORG.