Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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Effects of Romney/Ryan Health Plan on Children and Adults with Disabilities, Special Education Law Blog

Bill Clinton, in his address to the Democratic convention this month, decried the effects of the proposed Medicaid restructuring on the elderly, the poor, and families with children who have autism, Down syndrome, or other severe disabilities. Clinton, who said that he didn’t know what these families would do under these cuts, asserted that he knew what he would do: “I’m going to do everything I can to see that it doesn’t happen. We can’t let it happen.” We as parents of children with disabilities and those that care about children with disabilities need to vote for the vital interests of our children, and make sure our children with disabilities, who are over 18, register to vote and do vote. Medicaid is just one of the many issues that must be on the radar of voters for this election.Approximately 60 million Americans—including 29.5 million children, 15.2 million adults, 8.2 million people with disabilities, and 6.1 million seniors–rely on Medicaid to meet their health care needs. These numbers include 40% of our nation’s poor, 20% of those with severe disabilities, and nearly two thirds of residents of nursing homes.

However, the Romney-Ryan proposal to cut Medicaid, as well as the proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, could decimate the Medicaid program. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that in 10 years, Medicaid will be cut by one third, or by $800 billion. By 2050, the proposed budget will cut Medicaid funding by half.  Should these proposals take effect, approximately 30 million of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens would lose their health insurance and all access to health care.


In Prison, A Boy’s Horrible Life, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE)

Rape is not sex. No matter how superficially similar the acts might seem, they are fundamentally different. Most reasonable people would agree, and in our society rape is considered a crime.

There is one place where things are different though: prison. Somehow, at least to many people, rapes that take place in that context are somehow different. They are seen as a natural consequence of being in prison, and thus somehow less serious than rapes that happen in other places. Some people even believe the victims deserve to be raped.

Despite the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 and its bipartisan support, public interest and political will to bring about change have remained fairly low. Prison rape is just not an issue that invites much concern. Not to say that nothing has changed, but a lot more needs to be done.

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