Old people. America has roughly 28,000,000 of them who are over age 70 or older. They’ve lived the better parts of their lives and for the most part, just want to enjoy watching the world pass by. But once they become a burden on the younger family members they once took excellent care of, the favor is seldom returned. They’re put out to pasture in the cold and unfamiliar surroundings of a nursing home full of people just like them who they have never met, and in many cases, it’s a travesty of injustice.
Placing a senior in a nursing facility is understandable if the person has taken ill and is beyond needing more than the help of family to keep on living, which many times is the sole reason for reaching the difficult decision. But not always. Sometimes they’re just shoved out of the way. They’re too much of a hassle. You gotta feed ’em and all that stuff. And God forbid should they develop incontinence. That’s a sure one-way ticket to the home.
But all this might be about to change. A recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORCE Center for Public Affairs Research reported that an astounding number of Americans think the government should step up. They should do more to allow the elderly to age gracefully at home. If families had a little help maybe they wouldn’t be forced to make such difficult decisions.
Proposals have already been submitted in D.C. that could make this a reality, and so far, they’re receiving a fair amount of bipartisan support. Though 78% of Democrats, as expected, were quick to jump on board with all of them, some are still skeptical.
Only 42% of Republicans have given the thumbs up to a government-funded long-term care insurance program, but even then it would need to carry stipulations to prevent similar abuses. Still others, not yet in favor, want to slow down the pace until a thorough review of every proposal is done to assure the Democrats aren’t playing hanky-panky.
While one would think the public would be anxious to pounce on this type of benefit, only 60% are. The liberal media is boasting about the overwhelming number of Americans who are demanding help with elderly care. All we can say to them is…get real.
No single proposal has received full support from either side of the House. A proposal to allow better funding for only low-income families is only receiving 63% due to its welfare similarities. Why repeat what already doesn’t work? This program, though cited in Biden’s “Let’s Bankrupt America Stimulus Plan,” and his hair-brained COVID-19 relief law that’s keeping America from going back to work as they should, is on crutches.
The poll found that 70% of Americans are in favor of long-term care being established similar to a Medicare Advantage Plan which can be purchased at a person’s own discretion. This would eliminate the need to raise taxes. Democrats came in at 77% in favor, while only 58% of Republicans said okay to the idea. Once again, Republicans need to know every angle first. Contrary to what many believe, Medicare does not currently offer any long-term plan.
Another proposal calling for the government purchase of nursing homes isn’t fairing so well either. The factor driving the overall negative response is due in part to the pandemic. Many of these homes didn’t fare so well. It pushed a lack of confidence in long-term facilities to 60%. This has dropped to 44% with things easing up and staff members getting vaccinated, but still, what happens when the next deadly disease or virus wiggles its way in? And it will.
Back to the idea of aging at home with a little government assistance, Steven Martens, a retiree living in Nashville, said this, “I’d like to age in place as long as I can. It’s the privacy, the feeling of independence. That feeling that you are still taking care of yourself means something to me and others. We feel good about ourselves because we are still taking care of ourselves.”
Even so, Marten, who is self-described as a “moderate-leaning Republican,” is realistic. Everything comes with a price tag. “I’m concerned that fiscally, how do we pay for that?” he asked. “Our Medicare and Social Security systems are challenged the way it is. If we increase the level of support for long-term care, how do we fund it?”
Well, Mr. Marten. That’s the same question we’re still asking. Remember that 28,000,000 figure? That’s gonna require a hunk of change. You may end up having to pay for something that doesn’t, and maybe never will apply to you. How do ya’ like those Biden dentures? He got the ball rolling on this nonsense.
We’ll ask you the same question Marten asked and has yet to receive an answer. How do we fund it?