Legislation to Strike ‘Mentally Retarded’ From US Code

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 at 7:25 am

From this day forward, the current vice president will simply be known as an imbecile.

Bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday would strike the term “mentally retarded” from the section of the U.S. Code that governs major federal entitlements.

The bill from Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) would also expand the mental health services available to young people on Medicaid.

“This legislation would give families trying their best to help their children live with mental illness more options for alternative care in small settings,” Kerry said in a statement.

The portion of the bill striking “mentally retarded” would apply to the Social Security Act, which includes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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