House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) wants to empower people with disabilities and give them the opportunity for a better life.
It’s one of the many reasons why she supported the American Health Care Act, and why she continues her work on disabilities, most recently by working on a package of legislation known as ABLE 2.0. This package expands on 2014’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which Chair McMorris Rodgers helped shepherd through the House. Click here to learn more about her work on this.
Today in Roll Call, McMorris Rodgers shares how her son, Cole, inspires her work in the People’s House and has made her a better legislator.
Here’s an excerpt:
Earlier this month, McMorris Rodgers wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post saying Cole was a reason she voted for her party’s bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.
McMorris Rodgers wrote that the Republican replacement legislation still ensured protections for people with pre-existing conditions but also gave states flexibility instead of having a one-size-fits-all approach to health care.
Many disability advocates worry that protections for people with pre-existing conditions could be eroded and Medicaid services could be cut.
McMorris Rodgers met with chapters of The Arc, a group which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to address what she says is misinformation. And she reiterated her commitment to protecting Medicaid.
“So many around the table believed we were going to eliminate Medicaid,” she said. “And they are panicked and fearful — and it broke my heart.”
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