In its latest despicable act, the Trump administration went after senior citizens by stripping nursing home residents of their right to sue for mistreatment. Donald Trump is so dead set on destroying every Obama-era policy that even senior citizens aren’t safe.
Sens. Al Franken and Ron Wyden penned a joint letter to Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging her to reconsider the decision, according to The Hill.
The senators explained why the move would “stack the deck against residents and their families,” making it impossible for them to sue nursing homes who abuse residents.
Franken and Wyden wrote:
“These clauses prevent many of our country’s most vulnerable individuals from seeking justice in a court of law, and instead funnel all types of legal claims, no matter how egregious, into a privatized dispute resolution system that is often biased toward the nursing home. As a result, victims and their families are frequently denied any accountability for clear instances of wrongdoing.”
The senators added:
“Regardless of how plain the language is, as potential nursing home residents and their families are weighing their options for long-term care, they should not also be expected to contemplate whether such a grave harm could arise, let alone what avenue of recourse they would pursue in the event that it does.”
“Too often, only after a resident has suffered an injury or death do families truly realize the impact of the arbitration agreements they were forced to sign. The only truly transparent arbitration agreement is one that is voluntarily signed, after a dispute has arisen.”
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