Trump Makes It Easier For Nursing Homes To Abuse Residents

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, Trump has given you one more thing to worry about for New Years. Under the Trump admins’ deregulate-everything-Obama policy, facilities that injure or harm nursing home residents will no longer face as many fines for abuse or neglect.

Trump changed the Rules making it Easier to Harm the Elderly

The changes are horrific. As Maddowblog notes, “Under Trump’s new guidelines, regulators will be discouraged from fining nursing homes for some infractions, “even when they have resulted in a resident’s death.”

Allowing, or even encouraging nursing homes to abuse some of the most vulnerable people in our society is right out of the Paul Ryan- Ayn Rand playbook, where punishing the weak, especially for profit, is a feature, not a bug.

The New York Times explains,

The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry’s main trade group, has complained that under President Barack Obama, federal inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve.

And here’s the real kicker.

The new guidelines discourage regulators from levying fines in some situations, even when they have resulted in a resident’s death.

In an ironic twist, these new rules, or lack thereof, will leave their mark on Trump Pavillion; a nursing home in Queens, New York, that was named after Trump’s mother, Mary. And the place is not without scandal.

According to The New Republic,

Medicaid funding, in fact, was at the heart of a recent scandal involving Trump Pavilion. In 2012, the facility’s CEO was sentenced to three years in prison for bribing three state lawmakers in exchange for more government aid. In addition, the facility was completely renovated in 2009 with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development—a federal department that is facing $6.2 billion in cuts under Trump.

Making America ‘great’ Trump style could prove to be deadly – especially if you live in a nursing home. Sad! is an understatement for this latest installment of Trumpism in an ever-deepening swamp of greed and cruelty.

Trump may not technically be an evil, authoritarian dictator. But he appears to be well on his way.

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