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Shouldn’t Forget About the Elderly

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 6:32 pm

To The Editor:

Congress and the White House will soon engage over budgetary issues and the national debt.

They will debate political theory, public policy, and fiscal management. They will fight over budgets and taxes. The outcome is hardly predictable.

The result of this epic annual struggle will impact millions of Americans, particularly older people. There is talk about cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in several ways.

Such cuts are ill-advised proposed decisions and would negatively affect the health and well-being of older people while in the long run increase federal and state budgets.

For example, sequestration cut meals for elderly as authorized under the Older Americans Act. Many elderly people do not get even one balanced meal a day because of this cut in funding. Meals for elderly should be restored. This cannot happen again.

Older people live longer and function at a higher level today than in 1965 when Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act were enacted into law. These programs have reduced nursing home admissions of elderly people without children, thus reducing federal and state spending.

Older people need to be more vocal and contact their representatives in Congress urging them to continue Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Older Americans Act as intended when they were enacted.

/opinion