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Unformatted text preview: under 18 is 21%. • A number of “tax breaks” go disproportionally to older people with higher incomes • The least advantaged need special consideration if they are to receive their fair share of benefits. Should be based on Age: • Raising the age for receiving Medicare benefits from 65 to 67 would save billions of dollars and prevent bankruptcy. • Means-tested programs are “stigmatizing”, causing feelings of embarrassment and shame • It is difficult for the government to determine who is actually in need or who are the least advantaged elderly people. • There is no need to change policies on age-based policies- “universal” age-based programs (Medicare and Social Security) already contain features that provide benefits for the most needy. • Benefit programs based on age relieve middle-aged children of the need to support their parents....
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course GTY 154f taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.
- Fall '08