The 3in4 Need More bus is continuing its national hunt for long-term care insurance (LTCI) media coverage.
Jonas Roeser, the president of the 3in4 Association, Kirkland, Wash., reports that the roving LTCI awareness bus has had good luck in mountainous states this past week.
A number of TV crews came to greet the bus in Salt Lake City a few days ago, and “to date, we have been on the local news at each stop!” Roeser writes in an e-mail newsletter summarizing the week’s media outreach success stories.
This week, the 3in4 bus will take Marion Somers, the 3in4 campaign’s star geriatrician, to a morning show in Omaha, Neb., and to a caregiver radio program in Minneapolis.
The bus and “Dr. Marion” are promoting the idea that 3 in 4 Americans should do a better job of planning to pay for long-term care (LTC).
That the good news I got in my inbox.
The bad news came in a newsletter from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Vienna, Va.
Morris Klein, a Bethesda, Md., elder law and estate planning lawyer, wrote an article for NAELA about the sad state of federal support for Medicaid.
Some of my readers don’t think any government, and especially the federal government, should be involved in any kind of health care, except for soldiers wounded while on duty and, possibly, victims of natural disasters.
I think the pure “pay or die” philosophy is elegant, logical, simple, easily implemented, and attractive in many ways, for people who aren’t sick, but, in the real world, I think it’s too scary even for most of the Republicans who read this column, let alone the Democrats.
The argument that the government might have a role to play in providing health care for some but provides care for way too many seems a lot more compelling.
About 80% of my readers might agree with that proposition; the rest of my readers, and Morris Klein, might be inclined to say that the government ought to be providing care for more people.