How Would the GOP Platform Affect Seniors in Nursing Homes?

Cleveland Convention Center

This year’s Republican National Convention has drawn quite the spotlight to Cleveland, and it has been very exciting… so far! My office is just a few blocks away from the downtown convention center, and it’s rare to step outside without encountering visitors dressed in red, white, and blue; or local, national, or international press; not to mention all the street closures.

Now this is suppose to be about politics and policy — right? Policy news has started to emerge from the convention. The GOP released its 2016 platform on Monday. The 66-page document discusses healthcare priorities from several angles. This includes a paragraph on page 37 about senior care and nursing home laws:

“Our aging population must have access to safe and affordable care. Because most seniors desire to age at home, we will make homecare a priority in public policy and will implement programs to protect against elder abuse.”

Now that sounds good, but how to make that happen for seniors will be the real news. The 2016 platform also includes plans to stop advancement of the Affordable Care Act, as well as a call to preserve Medicare and Medicaid while reining in spending “before they consume most of the federal budget.” I will be particularly interested to see details about meaningful action on elder abuse and nursing negligence both in homes and in facilities.

Soon we’ll have a chance to see what the Democratic platform says about nursing home laws and the ACA (Obamacare). Until then, please keep Cleveland and Ohio in your thoughts during the RNC.


Image credit: Cleveland Convention Center by Michael Barera (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons