Presidential Debate Highlights Need for More Policy Dialogue 

July 1, 2024

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NBC’s Chuck Todd and former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to unpack the upcoming election at the 2024 NIC Fall Conference. 

The first presidential debate of the 2024 election was short on policy but long on theatrics as President Biden and former President Donald Trump squared off on stage in Atlanta.  

Few insights beyond the obvious were provided into how the candidates’ policies might impact senior living. But the debate did showcase the fact that the campaign ahead is likely to be filled with more twists, turns and surprises. 

“The debate lacked policy specifics,” said Ray Braun, president and CEO at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), Annapolis, Maryland. “The industry is watching how these candidates will address the issues that affect our business.”  

The debate comes at a pivotal time for the industry amid congressional hearings, heightened media attention, initiatives to enhance accountability in healthcare and the future role of private capital.  

With a high-stakes election on the line, the 2024 NIC Fall Conference is fittingly being held in Washington, D.C., (September 23-25). Recognized as the senior housing and care industry’s premier event for networking and educational programming, the NIC Fall Conference is known for its high-profile speakers.  

This year, attendees can expect to get an insider’s view of the upcoming election during the keynote opening session on September 23. The session features NBC Chief Political Analyst Chuck Todd and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt.    

The must-see keynote session—just six weeks before the election—will unpack the state of the race, regulatory changes, and the economic impacts and policy shifts that will fundamentally reshape the future of senior living. The speakers will also explore the potential policy outcomes of divided government control versus single-party dominance. 

During the Wednesday presidential debate, the candidates touched briefly on several industry-related issues.    

  • Inflation is still too high. Rising expenses and wages are a continuing challenge for senior living owners and operators. Both candidates said they would address inflation.  
  • The 2017 tax cuts are set to expire in 2025. The outcome of the election could determine whether the cuts are extended which could impact owners.  
  • Immigration reform could ease workforce shortages, though how to deal with immigration was a contentious issue on the debate stage.    
  • The topic of regulation was mentioned, along with the future of entitlement programs.  

As the campaign unfolds, industry stakeholders will be watching for more policy signals. The 2024 NIC Fall Conference promises to be a vital forum for attendees to deepen their understanding, stay informed about emerging issues, and engage in meaningful discussions with peers and experts. 

Learn more about the 2024 NIC Fall Conference and register, here