Re: “At Many Homes, More Profit and Less Nursing” (article, Sept. 23, 2007)
To the Editor:
The abysmal conditions at corporate nursing homes are a case study in what happens when profits are put ahead of human beings.
In a world where Americans’ civil rights are increasingly being sacrificed at the altar of big business, Congress must act to protect the vulnerable from abuse. In the case of nursing home residents, Congress could take any number of positive steps. It could, for instance, mandate that potential residents be notified if the facility is in the hands of corporate investors who have shielded themselves from liability. Or, nursing homes could be required to buy insurance that covers lawsuits arising from abuse or neglect.
Specifics aside, Congress must act to protect the most vulnerable members of society. There is simply no excuse – including the “Almighty Dollar” – for the status quo.