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Nursing homes at heart of new budget rhetoric

June 24, 2011
by Kevin Kolus, Editor
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Bloomberg yesterday released the results of a national poll it conducted last weekend showing that a majority of Americans feel they would be worse off if House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) plan to overhaul Medicare is adopted.

In analyzing the poll results, Bloomberg cast Ryan as a “polarizing figure among Americans,” given that 26 percent of respondents view him unfavorably while 23 percent see him favorably. This is not a surprising development.

The more interesting bit of reporting yesterday came from The Huffington Post, which relayed findings from pollsters Anzalone Liszt Research. Its latest poll says Americans are more concerned with Medicaid’s future under the House Republican budget plan.

“Told that the Ryan budget ‘would cut $750 billion from Medicaid, including funding for 80 percent of nursing home residents, forcing many seniors to be kicked out of their nursing homes,’ 63 percent of respondents [of the Anzalone poll] said they were ‘very’ concerned,” wrote Michael McAuliff of The Huffington Post.

Despite the research firm’s openly Democratic alignment, and the clearly loaded question it asked respondents, it’s hard to think Americans, especially seniors, don’t feel this way. The question is, nursing home providers: How do you feel? Please sound off in the comments below.

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It is amazing how no one realizes the financial trouble this country is in. We as citizens will have to begin opperating from a different mind set. We are not going to have the kind of privilege that we are used to having. Is trying to save an industry that is extremely expensive and increasingly harder to justify worth it? The median wage of the healthcare worker is way higher than the average american worker. Healthcare was always meant to be a follow industry, not something that leads. That is a sign of a dying country. People will be taken care of, I'm sure we will find a way. But it shouldn't be because the current healthcare industry is worried about its standard of living being maintained. In the end, will the country still be the same once our economy comes crashing because no one had the courage to do something about it?

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Kevin Kolus wrote for Long-Term Living when he was an editor. He left the brand in 2012...