PRESS RELEASE: Statement: Elder Care Was a GOP Priority for A Decade — Until Biden Included It In The American Jobs Plan

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April 26, 2021

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Statement: Elder Care Was a GOP Priority for A Decade — Until Biden Included It In The American Jobs Plan

2016 Republican Party Platform: “We Will Make Homecare A Priority In Public Policy”

Last Week, A Group of Senate Republicans Offered a Counter-Proposal to the American Jobs Plan That Slashes $400 Billion of Funding for Home and Community-Based Care for Elders and Those with Disabilities

72% of Republican Voters Support Investing in Access to Care for Elders and Those with Disabilities 

WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Senator Shelley Moore-Capito (R-W.V.) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union to promote Senate Republicans’ counter-proposal to President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

The Republican plan strips $400 billion in funding for home and community-based care for elders and those with disabilities from the American Jobs Plan — a provision that is incredibly popular with voters in both parties, and has actually been a part of the Republican party’s own policy platform for more than a decade.

Senior advisor to Invest in America Action Zac Petkanas made the following statement: 

“Republicans are so eager to sabotage President Biden’s agenda that they proposed stripping $400 billion in funding from elder care — a policy that is not only incredibly popular with voters of both parties, but has actually been in the Republican party’s own policy platform for more than a decade. This is the latest in a long string of signs that Republicans have no intention of negotiating in good faith on an infrastructure package, and that the Biden administration should seriously consider just moving to reconciliation.”

The Republican party has a long record of pushing for investment in elder care: 

  • 2016 Republican Party platform:
    • “Most seniors desire to age at home, we will make homecare a priority in public policy and will implement programs to protect against elder abuse.”
    • “We will not accept […] any other approach which denies care, or lowers its quality, for America’s elderly.” 
  • 2012 Republican Party platform:
    • “Because Seniors overwhelmingly desire to age at home, we will make home care a priority in public policy.” 
    • “We will aggressively implement programs to protect against elder abuse, and we will work to insure that quality care is provided across the care continuum from home to nursing home to hospice.” 
    • “The federal government has a role in housing by enforcing non-discrimination laws and assisting low income families and the elderly with safe and adequate shelter.” 
  • 2008 Republican Party platform:
    • “The financial burdens and emotional challenges of ensuring adequate care for elderly family members affect every American, especially with today’s aging population.” 
    • “We must develop new ways to support individuals, not just institutions, so that older Americans can have a real choice whether to stay in their home.”

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The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

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