This is "Big Government"?
I've seen this situation many times. Recently went through it with my stepmom's parents. There's never just one side to the story. And it wouldn't surprise me to find out that the elderly couple's kids were involved in the decision to move them in. These kinds of decisions are never easy for anyone involved. Usually the kids don't want to have their parents go through this, but at the same time they don't have the time or resources to provide sufficient help.
It's really sad that you'd use a story like this to voice your opinions on government.