Sunday, March 19, 2017

#CripTheVote Chat on the GOP Healthcare Plan and the Disability Community - DATE CHANGE

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat - GOP Healthcare Plan and the Disability Community - March 21, 2017 - Guest hosts: @ADAPTerBruce and @JustStimming -

#CripTheVote Twitter Chat
GOP Healthcare Plan and the Disability Community


*** Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM EST ***

We have decided to reschedule this chat for a couple of days earlier, to give people a little more time to take post-chat action before the next major step in this process, a House of Representatives vote on Thursday.

The co-partners of #CripTheVote, Gregg Beratan, Andrew Pulrang, and Alice Wong, invite you to the 17th Twitter chat focusing on the proposed Republican Health Care bill, The American Health Care Act (AHCA). What should you know about this bill? How will it impact people with disabilities? What can you do express your views? 

We are thrilled to have guest hosts Bruce Darling of the Center for Disability Rights and Julia Bascom of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network join and share the latest information with us.

We are also in the process of collecting Medicaid stories from the disability community. Details here:

Additional articles on the AHCA

Sarah Kliff, March 13, 2017,

Rebecca Vallas, Katherine Gallagher Robbins, and Jackie Odum, March 8, 2017, Center for American Progress.

Disability Rights Education Defense Fund, March 15, 2017.

Storify of our October 9, 2016 chat on health care policy.

How to Participate

When it’s time, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here:

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. Each question will be tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Check out this explanation of how to participate in a Twitter chat by Ruti Regan:

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc

Introductory Tweets and Questions for 3/23 Chat

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on the #AHCA w/ guest hosts @ADAPTerBruce @JustStimming. Please remember to use the hashtag when you tweet.

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote

Please note throughout this chat: #ACA = Affordable Care Act and the new bill is the #AHCA = American Health Care Act #CripTheVote

Q1: What health care services are most important to you? #CripTheVote

Q2: If you are uninsured or if you have insufficient health insurance, what are the main barriers you face accessing services? #CripTheVote

Q3: What would happen if you lost your health insurance … short term, long term? Be specific. #CripTheVote

Q4: What are some core provisions and services disabled people should require from any healthcare bill? #CripTheVote

Q5: What are the specific elements of the #AHCA are you most concerned about? Why? #CripTheVote

Q6: How will multiply-marginalized disabled people be disproportionately impacted by the #AHCA? #CripTheVote

Q7: Is there a realistic pathway for preserving the disability-related services & protections of the #ACA? If so, what? #CripTheVote

Q8: What strategies should we pursue with Republican and Democratic Members of Congress? #CripTheVote

Q9: How can we fully explain to people outside of the disability community the importance of healthcare in our lives? #CripTheVote

Q10: What’s one thing we should all do tomorrow to express our views about healthcare and the #AHCA specifically? #CripTheVote