Decreasing the vulnerability of 50+ America requires immediate action. Prescription-drug coverage in Medicare, strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care, the state budget crises, the 40 million uninsured in this country, and economic security issues such as pensions, Social Security and others…These are critical urgent issues that require our immediate attention.
Looking out a bit further than just the year before us, the U.S. needs to begin to adapt our policies, programs and institutions to meet the needs of the aging baby boom generation. The first baby boomer will turn 65 in eight years. That's only four election cycles—2 presidential elections—away. In public policy time, that's like tomorrow. So, we have our work cut out for us, and we need to get started now.
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