Kamala Harris has a habit of laughing at the most inappropriate times but this one was really awkward.

Her remarks came at a “Virtual Town Hall on the Care Provisions of the Build Back Better Agenda” held on Thursday when she was talking about disabled American citizens.

A woman, Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy for The Arc, told Harris and Sen. Tammy Duckworth about her brother who receives public care, her mother who coordinates that care and the care for her parents, including her grandmother who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

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“So many families are families like ours, realizing often, only when they need the services the most, that Medicare doesn’t cover long-term services for aging family members and that waiting lists are years-long for them and for people with disabilities who need Medicaid home- and community-based services,” the woman said.

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“And even when families are lucky, like ours, to get pulled off of the list, getting and keeping direct support workers and homecare workers is difficult because the pay is so low — much too low for the work they do, especially because it is life-giving work,” she said.

“In Chris’s words, these services matter because it is a lifeline to people like me. We must make sure it is available to anybody who needs it, and we must support the workers who do the work.

“Our family is thrilled with President Biden’s plan to include these investments for access to home- and community-based care, and for better pay for the workers in the Build Back Better Agenda,” the woman said.

“My question is: What can people — members of the disability community, like Chris, and our family — expect to see from the administration through the Build Back Better Agenda in this space?” she said.

Kamala responded with one of the most cringeworthy responses ever, and she laughed as she gave it.

“So, everybody probably knows, but HCBS is the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services program. And at the heart of it, the point is — and this is why Build Back Better is going to put more resources into that — is that we should allow people with disabilities to fully participate in society. That should be the goal — our collective goal,” the vice president said.

And then the question becomes: Well, how do you reach that goal? Well, part of it is: Families need support. And it –literally, financial support to do things like home upgrades — right?; to have personal aids so that folks can receive the support they need. And it ranges — on the scale of support and care, right? Sometimes it’s a little bit of one; sometimes it’s more of the other.

Harris continued to give an answer that did not actually answer the question the woman asked.

“And then the question becomes: Well, how do you reach that goal? Well, part of it is: Families need support. And it –literally, financial support to do things like home upgrades — right?; to have personal aids so that folks can receive the support they need. And it ranges — on the scale of support and care, right? Sometimes it’s a little bit of one; sometimes it’s more of the other.

“But families need help doing that. And it should be our collective interest in supporting that — that approach, because it’s just simply the right thing to do,” she said.

“And so, again, I want to thank you all for your courage to tell your story. It’s great to see all three of you. I know you are a multi-generational family, and there’s so much that is great about that. It’s — it is wonderful to have, but it does require a lot of work, especially for the generation that’s in the middle of those multi-generations.

“And so, we appreciate all that you all are doing. And thank you. And we’re going to keep fighting for you. We got to build back better,” she said.

But the idea of Harris talking about allowing someone to live their life infuriated some on Twitter.

“Bitch, stop, please. I don’t need your damn permission, or government intervention, to be a part of society and do what I need/can do. How DARE you act as if I need your say so, or government intervention, to be a part of life,” one particularly agitated Twitter user said.

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SOURCE: Conservative Brief

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