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 Knowing this set of facts; healthcare companies seek to reap massive profits from a jury-rigged, outdated and overburdened system of elder care.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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