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house Bill H.R. 4334

Should the Older Americans Act be Reauthorized & Enhanced?

Argument in favor

The Older Americans Act (OAA) is the single most important piece of legislation offering support to aging populations in the U.S. and their caregivers so that elderly Americans can live with dignity. There’s no question that it should be reauthorized to support the aging U.S. population.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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10/28/2019
Of course! Keeping elderly out of nursing homes saves enormous amounts of money, and betters lives. What we really need is Medicare For All and to spend our taxes on the 99%, not millionaires!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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10/28/2019
I waffled quite a bit but eventually came down on the side of yes. However! There may be more effective ways to help our older generations. Lower drug prices, expand Medicare, things like that.
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Sheila's Opinion
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10/28/2019
As a caregiver for my parents I can say this bill definitely needs to be passed. My 75 year old disabled mother could not live on her own if she did not live with me. Social Security does not cover all her expenses for medicine. Even with Medicare and a secondary insurance. We don’t have to make it detrimental to children to provide for the elders. The USA has enough money to help feed everyone in need. That’s evident by the amount of food thrown away every day.
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Argument opposed

The federal government already spends far too much on old people, to the detriment of its spending on children. In particular, this bill’s aggressive ramp-up of federal spending on the Older Americans Act (OAA) is too extreme, and will inevitably lead to skimping elsewhere in an already bloated and overextended federal budget.

JTJ's Opinion
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10/28/2019
This is not the job of the federal government
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Justin's Opinion
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10/28/2019
It’s not our governments job to financially support people that aren’t responsible enough to save up for this time in their life. If the government keeps digging around in its pockets for everyone in need, it’ll never end. Just think about a spoiled kid that always gets money from his parents well into his life. He’s less likely to bust his hiney and do something with his life. Lazy people = weaker economy = vote no on this bill
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Doug's Opinion
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10/28/2019
If Congress would quit pillaging the social security trust fund, perhaps this program wouldn’t be needed in the first place.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedSeptember 16th, 2019
    Of course! Keeping elderly out of nursing homes saves enormous amounts of money, and betters lives. What we really need is Medicare For All and to spend our taxes on the 99%, not millionaires!
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    This is not the job of the federal government
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    I waffled quite a bit but eventually came down on the side of yes. However! There may be more effective ways to help our older generations. Lower drug prices, expand Medicare, things like that.
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    As a caregiver for my parents I can say this bill definitely needs to be passed. My 75 year old disabled mother could not live on her own if she did not live with me. Social Security does not cover all her expenses for medicine. Even with Medicare and a secondary insurance. We don’t have to make it detrimental to children to provide for the elders. The USA has enough money to help feed everyone in need. That’s evident by the amount of food thrown away every day.
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    UPDATED for Mom; In many societies older members are revered for their experience, their contributions and their wisdom; and are broadly cared for by the general populace. I believe we used to do this as well. As a youngster I remember my Great Grandmother sitting in this big chair and treated like a queen holding court. As our society has sped up, as families have dispersed across the country and family-units have become less enduring, societal support of the elderly has greatly diminished and people disabled by age related maladies, unable to fully care for themselves either do not get support at all or are herded into Medicare facilities where profitability takes precedence over the patient’s dignity. I support this legislation so that those people who spent their lives building our societal successes and values are not simply disposed of as being too inconvenient to properly care for. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect despite their age related difficulties. … … Mom passed in late 2017, just days before her 96th birthday. She is the reason why I begin posting on this site. She was lucky enough to have children able to spend the time and help her live with some dignity despite increasingly worsening physical limitations. She was still mentally sharp and had a large Facebook following from her postings on ePinions earlier. Here is the reason I take the time to post on this site, from an earlier posting. … … … Mom, I know you are watching. I want you to know that I am truly, truly sorry. You were right and I was very wrong. Mom lived with us until she passed after 96 years of watching our government in action. She was absolutely terrified when Trump got elected and remarkably predicted many of the things that he has done. I argued that honorable people of all political stripes in our Congress would prevent this. I argued that our Federal institutions had too much inertia to be spun to his interests. I was horribly wrong. I didn’t count on the party-before-country entrenchment of the Republicans. I didn’t count on blizzard of unconfirmed and grossly unqualified temporarily appointed heads of our institutions to actively subvert the very reasons these institutions exist. I didn’t count on executive branch employees being terrified by the very public firing of a career employee the day before his pension would vest nor the forced relocation of EPA scientists from Colorado to Washington DC in order to disband them. Our military and most if not all of our Federal employees are expected to abide by a code-of-honor. Lying is not acceptable. Using your position for financial gain is not acceptable. Why have we allowed the president of our country to violate the code of honor that we expect other executive branch employees to abide by?
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    This should be a no-brainer, but the elderly will probably be abandoned by the GOP as other vulnerable segments of the population have been.
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    The Older Americans Act should be authorized. I think we need to do more with prescription drug prices, expanding Medicare For All, & paying back all the funds taken from Social Security!!!
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    Old people vote more then any group.
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    The elderly have payed their dues. The least we can do for them is lend a helping hand when we can. Short of dying, we will all be in their place. I, for one, will support the mature American any way I can. More tax cuts and government funded programs should be implemented. We spend our tax on programs that don’t now and never will benefit the average American. It’s past the time to take a closer look where our pennies go, the dollars will take care of themselves. Time to read the fine print. I will be watching.
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    After paying taxes all of our lives, to live in dignity which all people should be able to do is reasonable to ask for.
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    Most gave their blood and sweat to build a better future for our descendants.
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    Reauthorize the older Americans act and fund it more generously.
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    Yes, we must support our senior citizens - this is the most important bill to help our aging population.
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    Absolutely why would it even be a question??
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    Anything for senior citizens! A twenty-year-old student once told me, "I just cannot stand old people. They give me the creeps." I would've asked her if she was getting any younger, but I thought the irony would've been lost on her.
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    It is hard enough getting older. Rearranging one's budget to support yourself, without much income. One's body changes and usually it does not ask how much will it cost to be sick, or have a caregiver. This bill should not only be reauthorized, but made easier. Seniors and their caregivers should not have to go through so much red tape, it makes for much anxiety.
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    It’s not our governments job to financially support people that aren’t responsible enough to save up for this time in their life. If the government keeps digging around in its pockets for everyone in need, it’ll never end. Just think about a spoiled kid that always gets money from his parents well into his life. He’s less likely to bust his hiney and do something with his life. Lazy people = weaker economy = vote no on this bill
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    Yes it is important for our older generation to has sense of control
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    If Congress would quit pillaging the social security trust fund, perhaps this program wouldn’t be needed in the first place.
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    more social services. take from military/war/weapon budget. tax the rich & tax corporations if need be.
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