Micasa Deliberation-March 12th 1998

We know many things are wrong and that major changes need to made to the whole of the current managed care system in the State of GA and the Nation. Everyone is growing old and traumatic injury, too is on the rise. Fate strikes us all viper lightning fashion and none are immune are immune to the whims of fancy.

People with disabilities make up 1/5 of the entire populace. We are not a shadow culture or a minor part of the whole, but intricately tied and woven to the workings and health of the whole. As it is right now in our nation, when people succumb to fate and tragic circumstances and incur lifelong disabilites, we as a matter of policy tucked them away into the darker recesses of society that being its institutional care system, But don't believe my words. See for yourself. Go to where loved ones are sent in convience. See what the elderly and disabled communities have been commiteed, too. Death row- do you not see?? People are dying even now as I type, the worst death, killed by their environment and our governments answer to tragedy.

Do you see now, long musky halls, dank vallied corridors, hopeless desperation, the smell of soiled sheets, mattresses soaked day after day... This is where we send our hurting, sick, lonely, dying, and desperate individuals, increasingly young spirited souls undeserving of awkward situation. They, we are being sentenced to life imprisonment in institutions for crimes never commiteed. Obviously there is a major flaw, in the managed care system to ever have allowed this to be. As of yet there is no empowering of the individuals who themselves have suffered and endured unimaginable hurt. There is no support structure to comfortably transition individuals with disabilites back into mainstream society or into control of what is left of their, our lives.

They, we need hope. We need to know that our government, representative of the people, loves its own enough to establish something, anything which will allow for individuals having undergone severe tragedy the right to life, oppurtunity, and choice. That it is importat enough now to establish a safetynet so that others who will come along later, must not suffer through or endure what we had to, to get to where we are. We need and deserve the power to decide for ourselves how, what, when, and where. Mind you some cant or wont want that kind of power, having lost all sense of will or empowerment, but to automatically disallow choice for everyone is a travesty. What they discuss this day at the Rayburn building in DC is nothing other than basic civil rights; life, love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness wherever it is left for us to find...

Support Long Term Care Choice for all especially for those suffering now who need it so bad... Support HR2020 and HB512...