How Would the Democratic Party Platform Affect Seniors in Nursing Homes?

DNC 2016 - Hillary ClintonLast month, while the Republican National Convention was held right here in Cleveland, I reviewed what the GOP platform had to say about elder care and nursing home laws.

Since then, the Democratic party has released its 2016 platform during its convention in Philadelphia. So I wanted to be sure to take a look at their healthcare priorities as well.

The majority of relevant text was on page 38:

“Our country faces a long-term care crisis that prevents too many seniors and people with disabilities from being able to live with dignity at home or in their communities. The vast majority of people who are aging or living with a disability want to do so at home, but face challenges finding and affording the support they need to do so. Programs that emphasize independence rather than institutionalization must be better structured to support them. Democrats will take steps to strengthen and expand the home care workforce, give seniors and people with disabilities access to quality, affordable long-term care, services, and supports, and ensure that all of these resources are readily available at home or in the community.”

As for taking action on elder abuse and nursing home negligence, the platform stated a commitment to “fighting the immense problem of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” But it gave no further details.

The Democratic platform reaffirmed its commitment to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It also called for pushing back on any Congressional attempt to “privatize, voucherize, or ‘phase out’” Medicare.

I am relieved that both parties are at least discussing long-term care and seniors’ issues in their platforms. These issues hit so close to home for millions of us. So I hope you’ll take a closer look at both documents as you consider how you’ll vote this November.

Image credit: DNC 2016 – Hillary Clinton by JefParker via Wikimedia Commons

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