Friday, July 14, 2017
Your best argument for Medicaid
The half of all Americans whose employers provide them with health insurance may be far too indifferent to Republican plans to demolish Medicaid. If they have parents, they should be paying more attention.
More than half the residents of nursing homes are supported by Medicaid, which assumes the costs after those residents have spent down their personal wealth. The average annual cost in the US is over $75,000 per year, so personal wealth tends to disappear quite rapidly. Not too far in the future, large numbers of baby boomers will need the level of care nursing homes provide. What will their children do if Medicaid isn't available?
Essentially, they have three choices:
• Cover the costs themselves. Ouch!
• Put mom in the spare bedroom, and tend to all her needs. Eeek!
• Euthanasia. (Don't get caught!)
When you put it that way, most people will understand why it's a good idea to get on the phone to their representatives in DC and raise a ruckus. Spread the word, and do it now!