|For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Contact: Matt Grodsky, [email protected]
Release: Rep. Kirkpatrick Slams Trump’s Broken Promises to Arizona Seniors
PHOENIX – Today, as Joe Biden unveiled a plan to make it easier for our loved ones to have quality, affordable home- or community-based care, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick set the record straight on Donald Trump’s broken promises to America’s seniors. For months, Trump’s failed pandemic response has put older Americans in Arizona at significant risk as the state faces a surge in coronavirus cases.
“Donald Trump promised to take ‘unprecedented steps’ to protect older Americans from the coronavirus, but in reality, he has done the opposite. Trump’s disastrous pandemic response left older Americans to fend for themselves and now, Arizona’s seniors are paying the price. As the coronavirus outbreak continues to hit seniors hard, Trump has utterly failed to prioritize quick testing and necessary protective gear for health care workers who are on the frontlines of fighting this deadly virus. Now more than ever, Arizonans need a leader in the White House who will fight to protect our seniors and provide affordable, quality long-term care for older Americans — and that leader is Joe Biden.”
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES
Promise: Trump promised his Administration was taking “unprecedented steps” to protect America’s seniors from the coronavirus. [Trump, 4/30/20]
Reality: In Arizona, approximately 75% of deaths due to COVID-19 came from individuals age 65 and older.
Reality: Arizona is home to 140 nursing facilities, and as of June, nearly 600 residents and staffers have been infected by the coronavirus. In Tucson, one nursing home recently reported that 32 residents have died from COVID-19 since May.
Reality: The Trump Administration’s initiative to send testing kits to skilled nursing homes would leave out over 2,000 assisted living facilities in Arizona. Meanwhile, state nursing home officials report wait times of more than a week for COVID-19 test results.
Reality: The Trump Administration has failed to address PPE and testing supply shortages in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Promise: Trump pledged not to cut Medicare, and promised to make health care for seniors more affordable and accessible.
Reality: Trump has repeatedly attempted to undermine Medicare, and his 2020 budget slashes hundreds of billions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.