I have had occasion to visit local institutions that care for the aged over the last several years. My parents were fortunate in being able to live in a relatively nice location for their final years. For the last month's of my mother's life, however, dementia necessitated her move to a facility that cost $6,000 per month. For most of the residents this cost is covered by Medicaid. I suddenly saw hundreds who survived with a modicum of dignity from the care afforded by Medicaid. It was an eye-opening experience.
If Trumpcare is passed, there are millions of people who will not receive this coverage and will be unable to afford a retirement center, period. If you and your parents are affluent enough, this may not be a problem for you. Maybe you are able to care for you aged parents in your home. Maybe you have brothers and sisters who can help. If you were like me you will bear that responsibility alone. You may not face that situation now, but, sooner or later, most of you will. If your parents are not able to pay for an expensive retirement center, the cuts to Medicaid in Trumpcare will foreclose Medicaid assistance for your parents and you at the end of their lives. This is the point at which they may not be able to walk, dress themselves, or use the bathroom independently. They must have help for every act, even getting into or out of a chair. Sometimes they must be fed. Believe me, it is expensive, painful, and all-consuming, made more so if you are not able to give them the help they need; but, it is a great relief to your conscience if you can. This is a circumstance where Medicaid is used by people who have never thought they would need it.