At the Republican ABC-Facebook debates which took place early in January, in Manchester, NH, McCain advocated for home healthcare.
“We need incentives for home healthcare as opposed to long term care. In my state of Arizona we adopted a proposal which incentivizes health care providers to keep people in home health care settings. It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care. In Arizona we have one half the numbers of people per capita in long term care facilities as the state of Pennsylvania. Incentives to keep cost down…there are no incentives in the system today.”
Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANXQ5YU98Qw to see McCain’s full debate answer (5:18 is when McCain begins to speak about homecare).
President Clinton has mentioned the merits of homecare during the campaign while speaking to a group on behalf of his wife, Senator Hillary Clinton. And former presidential candidate, Bill Richardson, announced at an AARP forum in September that homecare was a centerpiece of his healthcare plan. "Senior citizens want to be able to live out their lives in dignity and in their own homes," Governor Richardson said when explaining his “Independence at Home” plan.
Homecare is becoming a talking point for presidential candidates but voters must keep it at the top of campaign discussions.