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Caring for Seniors

The existing safety net for older Americans was enacted for a time and a population no longer exists in the United States. When Social Security was created in 1935, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 61; thanks to medical advancements it’s now approaching 80.

Spending on long-term care is expected to more than double from 1.3% of GDP to 3% by 2050 as demand increases alongside an aging populace. Knowing this set of facts; healthcare companies seek to reap massive profits from a jury-rigged, outdated and overburdened system of elder care.

Isiah will fight to protect seniors by:

    • Increasing Payroll tax rates on corporations with revenues in excess of $500 million dollars a year.

    • Strengthening protections to fight against age discrimination in housing and employment.

    • Expanding compensation subject to Social Security payroll taxes.

    • Increasing or eliminating Social Security’s cap on taxable wages.

    • Increasing benefits for seniors to keep up with the high cost of living.

    • Restricting any effort by Congress to Slash Social Security or Medicare Benefits.

    • Restricting any effort by Congress to raise the retirement age.

    • Enacting federal legislation that establishes programs to train nurses in all settings where older adults receive care, including patient’s homes, assisted-living facilities, and nursing homes.

    • Making competence in caring for older adults a criterion for all licensure, certification, and maintenance of certification for nurses and other health care professionals.

    • Creating state and federal government scholarships, financial incentives and loan forgiveness programs for health professionals who specialize in geriatric care.

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