“Majority of Americans think government should pay for long-term care”

Majority of Americans think government should pay for long-term care,” by Lois A. Bowers, McKnight’s Senior Living

“A majority of Americans believe that the government should be primarily responsible for paying for the long-term care needs of older adults in the future but that the responsibility mainly will fall to the older adults themselves or to their families, according to the results of a poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. Fifty-five percent of the 2,524 people polled in December said that, 30 years from now, the government should be mostly responsible for paying for long-term care, whereas 28% said the older adults themselves should be responsible for assuming those costs, and 14% said that family members should pay.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):

Most Americans believe the government, i.e. someone else, should pay for everything. That’s not news. What’s far more likely is that government will pay for much less of everything, including long-term care, in the future. That’ll happen when our economy finally rendezvous with the inevitable consequences of the government’s irresponsible monetary and fiscal policy.