Long Term Care, Not on the Minds of Presidential Candidates

Forbes reports that while there are 79 million baby boomers getting older in the United States, those who are fighting to become the next President don’t seem to care about how to pay for their care.

Most presidential candidates don’t care enough about long-term care services to bother to describe their views on issue. Of the five candidates surveyed by 15 national advocacy groups only two–President Obama and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich–responded to five questions on long-term care. Neither of the two GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, answered the survey. Nor has Ron Paul.

Barack Obama had little new to say in his response. He merely recited past efforts aimed at supporting home and community based care, workforce training, and caregivers. He noted the failure of the CLASS Act but offered no new alternatives. He did not say that his most recent budget would freeze or cut funding for many critical supports for the elderly and younger people with disabilities.
Obama’s disinterest is not new. He had little to say about long-term care policy in his 2008 election campaign either.

Long-Term Care Services: Forgotten By Most Presidential Candidates

John Yedinak

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