I blog about RomneyCare, of which I was once a victim, and Medicare, of which I am now a happy customer. (Happy that I could get out of RomneyCare although not necessarily happy that I turned 65.) Often the two -- RomneyCare and Medicare -- overlap. Now I'm adding a third overlapping research subject, Massachusetts' shadowy scare-the-hell-out-of-seniors elder-services1 lobby.
In these and other references I ran across a hard-to-describe Massachusetts-wide government-funded or government-sponsored or government-something program called Mass Home Care,2 distributing Democratic-party Obama for President campaign propaganda possibly on the taxpayers' dime. Its leader claims:
“There are more than 653,000 households in (Massachusetts) with someone over the age of 60, and they’re wondering if... there is an elderly agenda in this state... it’s as if 20 percent of our population has just disappeared off the public policy screen.”
Wow, given that I have personally experienced as a town meeting member, Fincom member, and now a senior that the state of Massachusetts and its municipalities fund and staff beautiful senior centers, fund what is probably the best protection in the country against catastrophic drug expenses for all but a few of its wealthiest seniors, fund generous property tax abatements and -- I think -- lower state income taxes when you are over 65, send little buses over hill and dale to take people to the doctors, provide highly subsidized housing for seniors, and a lot more, this is quite a claim. What's this guy's agenda, I wondered?
I found it interesting that Mass Home Care was concerned enough in the past that it might be considered a lobbying group that it took the time to oppose lobbyist reform in Massachusetts. It seems to receive funding from the Massachusetts government but not in any way that I can easily figure out. In fact it's very difficult to figure out who works for and/or funds Mass Home Care's propaganda... or exactly what the group does. The group is nominally apolitical but has at least one Democratic-party-oriented news article in each of its monthly newsletters (I only looked a year back). Mass Home Care doesn't appear to have ever seen a budget cut it liked. It heavily publicizes far-left Vermont Socialist Senator Bernard Sanders. Are my tax dollars paying for that political propagandizing?
Who appointed this no-accountable-contact group (unlike any web site I've ever seen) my spokesperson?
-- Dennis Byron
1 I mean "elder services" in the generic sense and not necessarily any government, government-affiliated or goverment-related organization what that name in it. I don't know enough about how generic elder services work in Massachusetts yet to figure out who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. Here's the source document I am starting with, the state's Five Year Plan for Me. I don't like the term elder services. I didn't mind becoming a senior because I saved five bucks at the movies. But becoming an elder really bothers me.
1 I mean "elder services" in the generic sense and not necessarily any government, government-affiliated or goverment-related organization what that name in it. I don't know enough about how generic elder services work in Massachusetts yet to figure out who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. Here's the source document I am starting with, the state's Five Year Plan for Me. I don't like the term elder services. I didn't mind becoming a senior because I saved five bucks at the movies. But becoming an elder really bothers me.2 I have no objection to the generic concept of home care as opposed to nursing home residence, which appears to be the thrust of what's going on with in non-lobbying part of the Mass Home Care association. And I have no problem if the group is a sort of an American Automobile Association, pointing you to the choices of for-profit and non-profit providers in your area of LPNs, telemedicine, etc. But Mass Home Care says "We want to help you and your family age well... We advocate for community care." I'm not surprised at the "we're the government and we're here to help you" opening sentence (this IS Massachusetts after all) but it's that last thing -- the "advocating" -- that I'm primarily researching.