Klobuchar unveils senior citizens plan
Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Friday introduced her “Plan for Seniors,” a set of policy proposals aimed at addressing health and financial concerns for senior citizens. The broader goals of the plan — addressing Alzheimer’s disease, reducing prescription drug costs and retirement security protections — would be funded by closing trust fund loopholes that “allow the wealthy to avoid paying taxes on inherited wealth,” a news release said Friday. Klobuchar’s plan calls for “expanding resources” and financial support to the caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s disease — the most common form of dementia — as well as an expansion of the Medicare-covered-services for the disease. The plan would also “fully implement” legislation that helps families locate missing people with Alzheimer’s or developmental disabilities and promises “reliable and consistent” funding for dementia research. To address the rise of prescription drug prices, Klobuchar’s plan outlines “immediate and aggressive action” including provisions to allow for the personal importation of prescription drugs from “safe” countries, and utilizing the government as a vehicle to “directly negotiate” lower prices.