An Arkansas man who voted enthusiastically for President Donald Trump last fall is now worried about how he’ll be affected by both the GOP’s proposed budget and the party’s proposed health care legislation.
The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell reports that 36-year-old Trump voter Bradley Ledgerwood is worried about proposed cuts to two programs that have helped him survive ever since he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of just two years old: Medicaid and legal aid.
Medicaid, whose future spending would face an $800 billion cut under the GOP’s health care bill, delivered funding to help his mother quit her job so she could take care of him full time. And the federally-funded Legal Aid of Arkansas helped Ledgerwood pay for a successful legal appeal when the Arkansas Department of Human Services abruptly cut his allotted care-giving hours in half.’
While the Medicaid cuts in the GOP health bill have been well documented, Rampell also notes that Trump’s proposed budget would completely eliminate federal funding for the Arkansas Legal Aid program.
Without the help of both programs, Ledgerwood tells Rampell, he would have wound up in a nursing home.
“That would destroy my life,” he said.
Despite all this, Ledgerwood still supports Trump’s presidency, but tells Rampbell that “if I lose my lawyer and my services, I may feel a little differently.”