Sara Watson

Sara Watson a senior officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Recent Articles

An Alliance at Risk: The Disability Movement and Health Care Reform

They should be on the same side.

I n the clamorous debate about health care reform, one group with much at stake has been strangely absent: people with disabilities. Yet they are the core of the population that most needs health care and is most likely to be uninsured or underinsured. Oddly, while the United States apppears on the verge of major changes in health care, the conventional proposals do not coherently address the needs of the very groups whose lives are most intertwined with the health care system. Both health care reformers and groups representing people with disabilities bear some responsibility for this inattention. On the one hand, many health care reformers believe mistakenly that social Security already provides adequately for people with disabilities and are wary of extending more coverage. On the other hand, many disability advocates in recent decades have sought to shift the framework of thinking about disability away from a medical model. Preoccupied with the struggle for civil rights, they have...