Why do Republicans hate disabled children?

Hyperbole?  Sure.  But not too much.  When you look at the impact of what they just voted upon, an entirely reasonable question.  NYT yesterday (written before the damnable vote):

With all the sweeping changes the Republican bill would impose, little attention has been paid to its potential impact on education. School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country. For nearly 30 years, Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes. The money is also used to provide preventive care, such as vision and hearing screenings, for other Medicaid-eligible children.

“If I could have 10 minutes with President Trump, I could help him understand what we do, why it’s important,” Ms. Glenn said. “If he understood, he would protect it, because this isn’t Republicans and Democrats. It’s just kids.” …

The new law would cut Medicaid by $880 billion, or 25 percent, over 10 years and impose a “per-capita cap” on funding for certain groups of people, such as children and the elderly — a dramatic change that would convert Medicaid from an entitlement designed to cover any costs incurred to a more limited program…

The advocates argued that under the House bill, the federal government would transfer the burden of health care to states, which would result in higher taxes, eligibility cuts or curtailed services for children. And they said that schools would have to compete for funding with other entities, like hospitals and clinics, that serve Medicaid-eligible children.

The ability of school systems to provide services mandated under the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act would be strained. The law is supposed to ensure that students with disabilities receive high-quality educational services, but it has historically been underfunded.

You know what, I’m just pissed enough to go out on a profane limb…  These Republicans just literally don’t f***ing care about disabled children unless they are related to them.  What else can you conclude from legislation like this?

So, this is my disabled child at Special Olympics on Wednesday (it was awesome).  (And more photos if you are so inclined).  My family is good.  We’re lucky.  We’re in a wealthier school system and we are upper-middle class.  All because I worked harder and am better than all those losers and moochers!  (Sorry, Paul Ryan took over that last sentence).  But I realize I’m lucky.  I want all the families with kids like Alex to have the services they need.  And with the cuts Republicans propose, they just won’t get them.  But I care a lot about those kids.  I guess that’s why I’m a Democrat and I think the Republican “pro-life” party has become an utter moral abomination.

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