Biden’s nursing home staffing rules divide Democrats ahead of 2024
The Biden administration is walking a political tightrope with its plan to impose minimum staffing levels on nursing homes.
The White House is facing criticism from the left and the right, and the proposal is dividing Democrats, especially some front-line members facing a difficult reelection in 2024. Those lawmakers, mostly from rural areas, argue that the proposal is too strict and would force nursing homes to close.
“In many parts of the country, America’s long-term care facilities are facing severe workforce shortage issues that are harming access to critical care for our nation’s seniors,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), one of the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats, wrote in a bipartisan letter.