Recently, I covered a webcast of an SEIU event in which Hillary Clinton said (surprise surprise) that she supports the right of home care workers to earn a decent wage and great benefits.
She didn’t say how she thinks the country would pay for that, or whether she supports any particular bill or regulatory proposal that would affect the home care workers’ situation. But she used terms like “home care” and “nursing home” multiple times, during the same event.
I felt as if I’d hit the long-term care (LTC) policy journalism jackpot: a presidential candidate, at least making general comments about aging and long-term care.
Thought: Why is it so rare to hear the candidates talk, even vaguely, about topics that affect all of us who have parents or grandparents, and will eventually have some kind of direct or indirect effect on most of us who survive until adulthood?
Why doesn’t one of the organizations running the Republican and Democratic debates devote one whole debate, for each party, to one of the mightiest of the forces shaping our world?
See also: What If We Run Out of LTC Workers?