Ahead of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Protect Our Care Releases New Report on the Disproportionate Toll of the Crisis for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and How Trump’s War on Health Care Has Only Made Things Worse
Washington, DC — Today, ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Protect Our Care is releasing a new report on how people with disabilities are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus and how early data reveals individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are seeing alarming rates of infections and deaths nationwide. There are 61 million adults with a disability in the United States and adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer that put them at higher risk for severe illness if they contract the coronavirus. This report sheds light how President Trump’s disastrous response to the coronavirus and years-long war on health care has put people with disabilities at risk during this crisis.
“Donald Trump has failed people with disabilities time and again, and now they are facing devastating consequences during the coronavirus crisis,” said Protect Our Care Chair Leslie Dach. “Along with higher rates of infection and death from the coronavirus, the president’s push to weaken Medicaid and terminate the Affordable Care Act in court has put millions of people with disabilities at risk of losing the coverage and care they need to survive. As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Donald Trump’s reckless war on health care and failure to lead during this pandemic has only made things worse for an already vulnerable community.”