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Should the federal government be responsible for care of the elderly?

  • American Thing to do!

    We live in a country in which the Statue of liberty states has a statement that states, "Give me your tired, your hungry, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." It does not state unless you are old because nobody cares about you. We need to take care of our elderly. They have done what they needed to do as Americans and have taken care of our country. The least this country can do is take care of them now!

  • The government should pay for the elderly citizens

    Because they are weak retired and poor if people in that age are retired they have no means of getting money and cannot look after themselves which is a major problem. If the elderly citizen has been paying the government tax for a very long time then the government owes the elderly money and care.

  • The government should pay for the elderly citizens

    Because they are weak retired and poor if people in that age are retired they have no means of getting money and cannot look after themselves which is a major problem. If the elderly citizen has been paying the government tax for a very long time then the government owes the elderly money and care.

  • Yes, they should.

    The elderly are usually infirm and a weak segment of the population who has difficulty taking care of themselves. As a civilized nation and as the richest country in the world, we not only have the means to, but we owe it to our older generation to keep them protected and safe in their old age.

  • Needs are above what most families can afford

    In the United States, our health care costs more than other developed countries. The elderly require more medical care, and quickly end up having to choose between buying groceries and their prescriptions. Most of the elderly have family that try to help, but it is difficult enough to carry the burden of cost for themselves and their children. As much as family should provide nurturing and help the quality of life of elderly family members, it should not be their sole burden.

  • Take care of your elders.

    I think the government should be responsible for taking care of the elderly. These are our senior citizens and people who have dedicated years of their lives to the American workforce and we have a duty to make sure they have access to appropriate care and are looked after in their older years.

  • No families and communities should take care of the elderly not the federal government.

    They elderly should be taken care of, but not by the government. Kids and families should be the ones responsible. Parents took care of you when you were a kid and now is the kids turn to take care of them. If they don't have kids then there are plenty of other options. The biggest one is to prepare for your elderly years. Save up money and hire someone. Reach out to family in advance and see who can help with what. If you are religious use there programs to help. Just passing off the elderly because they are inconvenient is just wrong and we shouldn't rely on the government to do our jobs for us.

  • No, families and charity should fill this role.

    When the government gets involved in what should be a family or charity role it robs us all of our humanity and causes all kinds of unintended consequences. Just like how welfare was a contributor to the near death of the natural nuclear family in most western countries, the federal governments role in elderly care will completely finish off the multi-generational family relationships and take something that was intended to be a family role, and turn it into a commodity.

  • They should not.

    It is not the job of the federal government, nor can it be considered constitutional, for them to care for seniors. Seniors need to take care of themselves and to plan from when they are young as to how they are going to retire. We can't save everyone from themselves.


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