Dear Diary: Tuesday's election raises so many questions, including: Will Obomneycare live or die? Will the anger, polarization and poor spelling that rears its head sometimes in comments after McKnight's articles get better or worse? Will we turn out to be a nation that makes "hard choices" at the expense of the aging and vulnerable? Or will we just ring up another four years of well-intended compassion on the credit card?
With just 11 days remaining until America either re-elects Barack Obama or chooses Mitt Romney to succeed him as president, campaigning and political posturing are expected to reach new heights. One huge point of focus will be the future of healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid funding, which the candidates clearly differ on. Major nursing home associations and their leaders have not endorsed a candidate, though the top executive at LeadingAge earlier this week said he thought aspects of the administration-backed Affordable Care Act would be more beneficial for his provider members than proposals from the challenger.
The current policies of the Affordable Care Act push innovation, which is crucial to the success of the long-term care industry, LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix told McKnight's.
Republican proposals to convert Medicaid into a block grant program would cut government payments to nursing homes by $220.2 billion between 2013 and 2022, a new analysis finds.
Hours before the final presidential debate started Monday, LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix made it clear whom he thought long-term care providers need to vote for. While not outright campaigning for President Obama, Minnix said the incumbent's policies would be better for the future of the profession than those proposed by his challenger, Mitt Romney.
With Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare issues playing more prominently in presidential campaigning this year compared to past election cycles, Tuesday's debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney could bring more fireworks on provider-related subjects. Fresh off hot verbal sparring between their running mates Thursday night, the men at the top of their respective tickets can expect to field numerous healthcare-related questions next Tuesday. The format will feature questions posed by audience members, who have identified themselves as undecided voters, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
If you're wondering what Wednesday night's presidential debate means for long-term care, you have plenty of company.
I won't know what to think about polls until I find out how other Americans feel about them. Until then, put me down as undecided. But, seriously, here's one that intrigues me, because it actually attempts to measure perceptions of presidential character in real-life terms.
A friend once told me that long-term care operators are Republicans who make a living off Democratic policies. If that's the case, many of these folks may have to hold their noses when they cast votes in November.
Long-term care providers will be giving the Republican national convention in Tampa more scrutiny than usual next week.That's when the party's leaders will give Medicare reform higher importance than usual. With the nomination of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate earlier this month, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his advisors all but guaranteed that Medicare will be more prominently mentioned in discussions and party platform building. As a House leader, Ryan led a defiant charge against Obama administration policies to overhaul the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement programs. Many analysts believe the Medicare issue will play a pivotal role in at least a handful of key states in this November's election.
The Supreme Court has served up yet another tortured, enigmatic decision. Now comes the fun part: figuring out what they really intended — and what those intentions will likely mean for long-term care operators.