LTC Bullet:  The Mote in LTC's Eye


Monday  January 8, 2001



LTC Bullets readers often ask us for sample speeches from which they can draw ideas to use in their own public addresses.  We've obliged occasionally by posting transcripts of lectures delivered by Center for LTC Financing President Steve Moses on our web site at  We've received so much positive feedback on these postings that we have decided to add more of Steve's talks to the site.

The speech we are posting today is entitled "The Mote in LTC's Eye." You can find the transcript at  This talk argues that public criticism of the long-term care service delivery and insurance professions is often overblown, heavily biased, and grossly unfair. Conversely, the media and senior advocates who lambaste long-term care providers and insurers rarely apply the same strict standards of review and criticism toward public programs.  Nevertheless, Medicaid and Medicare are arguably more responsible for long-term care's serious access and quality problems than is the private sector.

Do you struggle to provide compassionate care to frail elders for minimal compensation while cringing at the media drumbeat that you are greedy and uncaring?  Are you doing your best to sell long-term care insurance to people in denial while critics label you slick and duplicitous?  Do you advocate private financing of long-term care with reason, logic and evidence in the face of emotional appeals and ad hominem attacks by public financing advocates?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you'll find value in this speech.

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