There’s No Easy Solution to Our Eldercare Crisis
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  • Pete

    The death panels in ObamaCare are part of the solution progressives will try to employ.

    After all, these enlighten ones favor unrestricted abortion. So don’t be surprised when they want to effectively put Granny to sleep via rationing when she become, to their mind, less than useful to the almighty state.

  • USNK2

    Sorry ViaMeadia is wrong again.
    The sole portable benefit I ever had from a corporate job was longterm care insurance, when I was 40. Easiest sale ever made!
    The unreadable ACA had a solution: the CLASS Act, which was dropped as unworkable by Sec Sibelius in early 2012.
    After twenty years, my LTC premium then suddenly rose 45%, not including the inflation adjustment.
    Everything the Federal gov does is now leading to forcing otherwise honest and responsible people to drain their savings so they can become poor enough to abuse Medicaid’s long term care options, which is exactly what is already bankrupting Medicaid in New York State.
    I should have gotten a Newfoundland dog like Nana in ‘Peter Pan’ instead of LTC insurance, which I doubt I shall be able to afford after 2013. At least a Newfie is not dependent on the whimsy of lawyers pretending to be government.

  • Fat_Man

    I thought Via Media was pushing Central America as a retirement home.

    • jeburke

      Ha! Good one.

  • rheddles

    “How can we care for the elderly well, when irreversible demographic
    shifts will dramatically compound the cultural shifts of geographic
    mobility and family fragmentation?”

    We won’t. That should make all you boomer haters happy.

    • Corlyss

      I despise “my generation” but this problem doesn’t make me happy. The problem didn’t start with us. It started with our parents in the immediate post-war era when we came out of the war with money to burn and a shortage of products and a hunger for stuff that was unavailable because so much of the economy had been turned over to war materiel producito . What happened then? Our economy suddenly became 70% supported by consumerism, the throw-away society arose, and conspicuous consumption debuted among the urbanized middle class in a way it had never been seen before because the middle class had never been so large and so urbanized in previous eras What was a necessary corollary of that consumerism? No savings, for anything – no savings for old age, no savings for rainy day medical expenses, no savings for kids’ education. To be sure, the most spoiled and indulged generation in the history of the planet (The Boomers) exacerbated the problem with their grasshopper lifestyles. So here we are, savings rate is plummeting again, seniors have nothing but SS and medicare and as a nation we can’t afford them any more. And nobody is willing to make the first move to fix the problem because they will end up out of office if they do. It’s another fine mess we’ve gotten ourselves in.

      • rheddles

        The most spoiled and indulged generation in history is the Millenials.

        And the anti-savings inclination in the country is at least 100 years old. It’s just that it takes a lot of time for all the unintended consequences to become apparent.

  • jeburke

    Yet another good argument againsf divorce and fractured families (not to mention how much worse eldercare will be in 40 years when legions of “single moms” are old and frail and their undomesticated menfolk are still on the loose.

  • lukelea

    I take this opportunity to plug my pet idea:

    http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-family-homestead.html

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