We believe that seniors should enjoy independence and economic security in recognition of their many contributions to society.
ASSISTED LIVING AND CARE: We support continued efforts to strengthen training programs for those who work in the field of aging. We support expanded, accessible transportation and affordable educational and leisure opportunities for older adults.
We support a background check and psychological testing for all
employees with direct care responsibilities for seniors.
HEALTH CARE/PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: We strongly oppose privatization of Medicare. We believe any changes in Medicare should focus on health care cost containment to diminish the ever-increasing out-of-pocket medical costs that have risen at rates significantly higher than the rate of inflation. Seniors should be assured both quality and choice of health care providers. Seniors
should be protected against arbitrary health care cancellation.
We support economical, accessible prescription drug coverage for our seniors.
INCOME: We support efforts to raise incomes of seniors and all other persons above the poverty level through an expansion of Social Security to allow them to live in dignity, safety, and security. We support fairness in economic benefit programs for all senior North Carolinians. We support an increase in the homestead exemption from property taxation for the elderly.
SENIORS AND FAMILIES: We support efforts to keep families together through safe, affordable adult day care, health care, counseling, job retraining, nutritional assistance, and other means of making life more pleasant for seniors. We pledge to support every reasonable effort to assure that families will not be financially impoverished because of exorbitant housing and health care costs.
We Democrats continue our commitment to the Homestead Act.
SOCIAL SECURITY: We believe Social Security is a contract that must not be compromised. We oppose privatization and the diversion of Social Security funds for other purposes. We condemn massive federal budget deficits, which force the government to borrow from the Social Security Trust Fund.