Long-term care (LTC) policy actually crept into the Democratic presidential primary debate that CBS aired Saturday, but in a quiet, sideways way.
Bernie Sanders said at the beginning of the debate that, when Americans are talking about the long-term consequences of war, they ought to think about the service members who come home with post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
“I would hope that, in the midst of all of this discussion [of the attack on Paris] this country makes certain that we do not turn our backs on the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend us,” Sanders said.
Toward the end of the night, when John Dickerson, the chief moderator, asked Sanders what experience he could draw on in a crisis, he mentioned the work he did to develop and pass the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. That act includes a brief but important provision that extended an assisted living services pilot program for veterans with TBI.
So, in an indirect way, Sanders was using his involvement in getting a veterans’ LTC bill passed as evidence for his readiness to carry the United States’ nuclear football.
Sanders mentioned family leave twice, and the moderators referred to Hillary Clinton’s and Martin O’Malley’s family leave proposals in passing, when asking the candidates how they would pay for their proposals.