Many Americans let out a huge sigh of relief when Congress was unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).
However, in the weeks since, Congress has continued to go after ACA, which has been proven to significantly expand care for people with disabilities. And if this wasn't stressful enough, now Congress is specifically targeting the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The Americans With Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 to ensure that people with disabilities are protected against discrimination.
This includes, for example, "proactive duty on businesses to remove architectural barriers," according to the ACLU. Holding businesses to these standards ensures that people with disabilities are able to access bathrooms, elevators, and other necessary spaces.
Unfortunately, many businesses and employers still refuse to comply with these regulations in order to cut "costs." We've heard this bogus argument before. But it's obvious that refusing to make businesses accessible to everybody in order to save money is a major civil rights violation. Right now, those who have been discriminated against can take these companies to court by citing the Americans With Disabilities Act.
But Congress now wants to repeal all that.
It would potentially replace it with the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, according to Rewire. This act, put forth by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), would make it more difficult for people with disabilities to make a complaint about a business that doesn't accommodate them. In fact, legally, businesses would be allowed to put off addressing the victim and their discriminatory practices for 180 days. This will make regulating accessibility take even longer than it already does.
Why would anyone want this? Well, because some in Congress care more about corporations than disabled people.
The argument for this act is that there have been too many "spurious lawsuits" filed by people with disabilities. Businesses are the victims! It's a new level of offensive, especially because we can all easily see there's still extremely limited accessibility for people with disabilities.