Amy Klobuchar Takes A Step Into The Spotlight With A Senior Plan
The 2020 Democratic candidates are dropping like flies. That means that anyone remaining who have announced their plans to run either need to drop out or take a step into the spotlight to be known to more than just their inner circle. Amy Klobuchar finally finds her voice and comes forward with a senior plan to share with America.
The Democratic Senator is working to build on her leadership within the Senate in order to focus on seniors as well as a large number of Americans who turn 65 each and every year.
Her plan includes a few steps. The first is to focus on seniors who have chronic conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. She wants to expand resources, including those covered by Medicare. She also wants to provide funding for research purposes.
Klobuchar also wants to secure the retirement opportunities, raising the payroll cap of Social Security and creating a personal savings account. This would allow retirees to keep more of their earned pensions.
Her plan continues with ideas to lower prescription prices, investing in long-term care, and creating a senior fraud prevention office so that it improves elder-abuse claims and prevents fraud.
What’s the catch?
All of this sounds great, in theory. After all, if Klobuchar could manage to get the seniors’ votes around the country, she could actually show up in the polls. Right now, she’s barely sharing up with 2 percent of the votes. She’s still quite a bit behind a number of the other Dems, so she has to come up with something.
No one is knocking her for helping the seniors. She’s chosen a safe part of the voters, too, because it doesn’t get into the nitty-gritty of race (like Harris) or immigration (like O’Rourke). Everyone wants to focus on senior care because everyone knows that they’re going to need that care at some point or another.
She’s got a great plan laid out, but where’s the money going to come from? This is where the plan comes to a screeching halt. Plenty of Dems know how to spend other people’s money. Pelosi’s been doing it for years.
To pay for everything, Klobuchar has the idea to close the trust fund loopholes that currently make it possible for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes on the wealth that they inherit. That’s all she mentions in terms of providing funding. However, that’s not enough information for people to determine whether that is a capable plan.
Dems all over the country have a tendency to make big, bold promises of what they would do if they get into office. It’s not realistic, though. Their promises are empty because they have no feasible way of making it happen.
Taxing inherited wealth has nothing to do with healthcare. It’s a completely different department, involving the IRS. This means that, in order for Klobuchar to do what she wants to do, she’d have to get the IRS on board with this tax within the first 100 days. After all, she’s promising to open the senior fraud prevention office within the first 100 days of becoming president.
Klobuchar’s plan is in-depth, but it’s not enough. It is enough to get people interested, but it falls flat in the end because the promises aren’t enough. Her plan would require compiling a number of different policies. She’d have to get the House and Senate on board with her plan to get the votes through the Congress, too.
She’s Not Being Original
Amy Klobuchar isn’t the only Dem who is trying to wow the voters with a senior plan, either. Warren and Sanders have both talked about expanding Social Security and lowering the costs of prescription drugs.
In the end, Klobuchar doesn’t have a completely unique idea. She’s piggy-backing on what other Dems have already talked about in public. She may have found her voice to finally be heard, but it may be too late already.
Primaries may not happen until next year, but there are already plenty of Dems who have a firm hold in the polls. Klobuchar took too long to find her voice and her plan isn’t realistic enough to actually deploy. Just like Sanders, you can’t take from the rich just to give another group what you want to give them. There’s no way that she can do what she says she wants to do, so the only thing she has managed to do is join the long list of Dems who make empty promises that they can’t make happen.