Monday, March 20, 2006

The Consequences of Longevity

William Saletan has an excellent article that appeared in this weekend's Washington Post that can now be found here on Slate. He points out that government entitlement programs are in for a world of hurt as medical advances continue to increase our life expectancy. Ultimately, he seems to favor abolishing age as a standard of fitness for Social Security. Not a bad idea, though I wonder how you would implement the testing for eligibility while minimizing the occurrence of fraud. There's also the matter of healthy people putting more into the system than they take out. But isn't this the way regular healthy insurance works right now? Regardless, these issues need to be discussed.
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