Democrats continue to criticize Rick Scott’s Rescue America plan
Democrats from the White House to Florida continue to pursue Sen. Rick Scott and be “11 point plan too save america‘ which proposes a five-year review Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and would require the poorest Americans to pay taxes.
Noting that they are “real people, not bargaining chips,” members of the Florida Democratic Disability Caucus joined Thursday’s chorus of critics, which included the president Joe Biden.
According to the group’s website, the Florida Democratic Disability Caucus is working with allies within the Florida Democratic Party to ensure all activities and venues are accessible to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as those with mobility issues.
Chair of the Florida Democratic Disability Caucus Karen Lehm said that there are nearly 3 million people in Florida who identify themselves as disabled. And by 2026, she said, Florida will have the highest percentage of older residents in the nation.
“And yet, Rick Scott is pro-decaying the programs that millions of Floridians need most,” said Clay, a 49-year Florida caregiver.
Member of the Disability Caucus and resident of Seminole County Alison Holmes said she was distraught after hearing about Scott’s desire for everyone to pay taxes because people should have “skin in the pie”.
“I just thought, ‘He just has no idea.’ This is not a game. This is our life we’re talking about,” Holmes said during a news conference on Thursday. “It’s so depressing that they don’t understand what we go through every day.”
Holmes is her son’s chief nurse, JJ Holmes, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He’s communicating with an assistive technology app on his iPad and nose-tapping what he wants to say.
JJ Holmes has been on a waiting list for the Medicaid iBudget Waiver program for 15 years. The program provides home and community-based services to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities so they can live in the community and not require institutionalization.
Alison Holmes doesn’t make enough to get health insurance from the Federal Health Exchange, where insurance policies are subsidized. And because Florida hasn’t expanded Medicaid to low-income adults, she’s not eligible for Medicaid benefits. She is one of about 800,000 people in Florida in the “coverage gap.”
“I gave up Medicaid. It doesn’t look like it will ever expand in Florida,” she said. “I just don’t think it would occur to Rick Scott Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell or any of the other GOP that people like me and my family and many others that we rely on these services that we have paid into and our retirement savings are built on.
JJ Holmes said he’s spent his life worrying about whether he’ll ever have a girlfriend or go to college. He also said he worries if an employer “wants to hire someone like me.”
Now, he said, he’s more worried about his future.
“I want my mom to be healthy because I really, really love her,” he said. “But I also want her to be healthy so I can stay at home. I don’t want to be forced to live in a government facility.”
Scott released his detailed plan ahead of this year’s election during a break from other Republican leaders. The plan has become a frequent talking point among Democrats trying to gain a foothold in a political environment where inflation and supply chain problems have angered voters.
Democrats aren’t the only ones blasting Scott over the proposal, though. minority leader Mitch McConnell denounced it shortly after its introduction during a Capitol press conference attended by Scott.
“Now let me tell you what will not be part of our agenda,” McConnell said at the time. “We will not have a bill on our agenda that increases taxes for half the American population and eliminates Social Security and Medicare within five years. That will not be part of the agenda of a Republican Senate majority.”
Scott defended the plan, but the Democratic National Committee created it digital ads running on Facebook and targeting seniors in Florida. The campaign aims to make older voters aware of the provisions of Scott’s plan.
For her part, Alison Holmes said she wanted to extend an invitation to Sen. Scott, a billionaire turned politician, and Sen. Rubio, who has been an elected official his entire life. It should be noted that while Rubio is a Republican, he did not explicitly embrace Scott’s plan.
“Come into our lives. I just want to convince them that this is how Americans live. Ordinary Americans don’t fly around in private planes; We do not have access to Cadillac Healthcare. We live hand to mouth on many occasions.”