Democrats include long-term care reform in policy platform
Obama opens the door for drastic new Medicare, Medicaid cuts for nursing homes
The Democratic and Republican parties plan to unveil their respective platforms at their presidential nominating conventions. The Democrats' long-term care reform plan entails expanding home- and community-based services; and reforming the Medicare prescription drug plan, including eliminating the so-called "doughnut hole." The platform also emphasizes training more nurses, paying caregivers a fair wage, and expanding retirement and pension protection plans.
Republicans have not yet released their platform. Presidential hopeful John McCain, so far, has stressed a more individualistic approach to healthcare reform. He has suggested providing seniors with a monthly stipend, which they can use to hire workers and purchase care-related services. The Democratic National Convention will be held Aug. 25 though Aug. 28. The Republicans will hold their convention Sept. 1 through Sept. 4.