On Monday, President Barack Obama was sworn in in front of the Capitol’s West Front and gave his second inaugural address. If you missed the address and would like to read it, please click here.
President Obama’s speech included references to programs important to people with disabilities--Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. “The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative. They strengthen us.” As Congress attempts to avoid scheduled across-the-board budget cuts (the “sequester”) and develop a comprehensive deficit reduction plan over the next several weeks, it is possible that changes could be made to these programs.
As the 113th Congress opens and a new presidential term begins, the Society will continue to urge that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security remain strong for people with disabilities.