12:58 PM Eastern - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Why Medicaid Matters to Americans #the-healthcare-law

"Members of Congress should remember: you too will grow old and your loved ones will grow old ... cutting homecare services and Medicaid funding would harm us all."

- Gilda Brown, a homecare worker from Chicago, IL

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is set to vote on a plan endorsed by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that would raise the debt ceiling in exchange for devastating cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.

Here, homecare worker Gilda Brown shares her experience of how these cuts could impact our nation's most vulnerable.

"I became a homecare worker because I like caring for people. It all started though my church. My mom asked me to care for a fellow church member, and now I have been doing this for more than seven years.

"The caring is the main thing. The woman I care for has sickle cell anemia and really relies on me for everything. One day in the middle of winter the furnace caught on fire. 'Don't leave me here,' she said. 'Don't let me die.'

"I ran down into the basement and started smothering the fire while she called 911. No one tells you what your work will be like as a homecare worker, you just do it. We are there to help our people in every way that we can.

"There is nothing we can't do, nothing that I am not up to. The pay is not much, but I didn't have a job for three years. I feel blessed to do this work and earn my own money.

"I think our president needs a real chance to do what he is capable of doing. What seniors are living on in retirement is not very much.

"Members of Congress should remember: you too will grow old and your loved ones will grow old. The decisions you are making right now will affect us all. They will affect our children and grandchildren. Cutting homecare and cutting Medicaid funding would harm us all."

TAKE ACTION: Send an email to your Representative and tell them to vote "NO" on the Boehner plan in order to protect Medicaid and Medicare.

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