Reaction from The Arc on The Super Committee Not Reaching a Deal

Washington, DC – As the nation’s largest organization working on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), The Arc’s CEO Peter V. Berns released the following statement on today’s announcement that Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction have not reached a deal to reduce the nation’s deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

“Throughout the Committee’s process, The Arc advocated for protecting Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security because the budget cannot be balanced on the backs of people with disabilities. It is disappointing that the Committee could not come to an agreement that would have protected these critical programs while ensuring significant revenues were part of the solution. Unfortunately, no deal at the moment leaves lots of unknowns for the rest of the programs on which people with disabilities rely on to live independent lives.

“The Arc believes we must strengthen the economy while protecting the lifelines of people with disabilities, and to honor that commitment, bring in sufficient revenues to provide necessary services. We appreciate Members of Congress who stood their ground and opposed deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

“We recognize that this was a missed opportunity, when Members of Congress could have worked across party lines and found a solution to a deficit and revenue problem facing us all – young and old, people with disabilities and without, wealthy and poor. It will take a true bipartisan effort to ensure a secure future for people with disabilities, the elderly, and low income people. Individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who support them will continue to monitor the budget process and advocate for their lifeline.”

4 thoughts on “Reaction from The Arc on The Super Committee Not Reaching a Deal

  1. Thank you CEO Peter V. Berns!! As a struggling 60 yr old mom continues to take care of her severely intellectually and developmentally, 24 year old son in her home, I am very thankful and appreciate your continued advocating for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security!!
    Deepest regards,
    Linda K. Hammill
    Stratford, CT

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  3. Thank you for continuing to advocate and keeping families informed. I am a working working mother of a 27 year old with severe disabilities that lives at home. My family depends on my income for health insurance and basic needs, protecting medicaid, medicare, and social security are vital to keeping my daughter at home and my family together.
    Mary
    TN

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