3 Ways Trump Has Screwed Over Senior Citizens

If the presidential election were up to Americans under the age of 45, Hillary Clinton would have won in a landslide. Trump eked out an upset on the support of older Americans, with senior citizens in particular giving Trump an 8-percentage point edge.

Youíd think Trump might feel indebted to his elderly base, but his tenure in the White House hasnít exactly played out that way. Thus far, a lot of his decisions have actually gone against the interests of the seniors who voted for him. Here are just a few of the ways heís backstabbed the seniors who supported him:

1. Allowing Elder Abuse to Go Unchecked

While most caregivers are respectful of the seniors on their watch, elder abuse is still more common than Americans would like to acknowledge, with about 10 percent of seniors the victim of some form of elder abuse.

To address this problem, last year the government made it so families could sue nursing homes guilty of abuse and neglect. However, the Trump administration has decided quite quickly to get rid of this protection to spare corporations lawsuits and potential financial damages, even though it leaves seniors more susceptible to mistreatment.

At the urging of lobbyists, the White House wants most elder care facilities to return to a policy of forced arbitration, which limits both the accountability on the part of the facilities as well as the damages they have to pay out to victims.

Without the threat of lawsuits, the incentive to ensure seniors donít get abused and neglected is much lower than if serious money were on the line.

2. Growing Indifferent on Prescription Drugs

Despite pledging to help bring the prices of prescription drugs down to affordable rates during his campaign, Trump seems to have already caved to the pressure of big pharma, reports Bloomberg.

Anyone hoping for some drug pricing legislation will be disappointed to know the administration is now strongly considering an executive order (now his go-to method, apparently) instead.

Alas, an executive order wouldnít have the punch that a real law would, which is why it has pharmaceutical companiesí approval. Dropping prices slightly but not meaningfully is a worthwhile tradeoff for the companies since itís rumored to come with looser restrictions on FDA drug approval and extensions on monopolies, allowing the companies to boost profits in other ways.

Since seniors spend†a lot of their budgets on life saving and maintaining medicines, there is no other group in America most impacted by the prices set on these drugs. If Trump settles for a weak executive order as has been leaked, heíll be seriously letting down our elders.

3. Cutting Senior-Focused Programs in His Budget Proposal

When Trump released his budget proposal earlier this year, it was immediately clear that he took a hatchet to a lot of social programs, with seniors in particular left to feel the pain of these cuts.

Slashing funding for†Meals on Wheels†was probably the most talked about program to feel Trumpís wrath, but it was far from the only one. Programs that provide jobs, legal help, nutrition, transportation and even covering utility bills for seniors were also targeted by Trump.

Fortunately, Congress wasnít nearly as cruel as Trump, with the GOP majority ignoring many of these budget cuts in the proposal they advanced. Still, if the White House had gotten its way, there would be a lot of economically disadvantaged seniors suddenly without critical services.

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Mike R
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Mike R2 months ago

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Mike R2 months ago

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE2 months ago

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Karen H
Karen H2 months ago

Unless you're a white millionaire, Trump has no use for you.

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Carl R
Carl R3 months ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S3 months ago

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Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda3 months ago

Trump is simply doing what he is expected to do by his sponsors and masters.
If there really is no way to get rid of these people, they will be responsible for more deaths than all of America's enemies throughout history, if environmental degradation and especially, climate change are factored in.
Seniors are low lying fruit.

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Leo C
Leo C3 months ago

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