"This conference presents an opportunity to rethink the possibilities of an aging society, to reassess and reaffirm our commitment to improving the lives of older adults and strengthening communities. As the American population ages rapidly in the coming years, it will be especially important for professionals in aging to develop new strategies for helping those with the greatest needs."
Our own President/CEO, Barbara Kennelly, was honored this morning with the American Society on Aging's 2007 ASA Award. Barbara also presented a special lecture with NCPSSM board member Dr. Carroll Estes , PhD entitled: “The Politics of Social Security and Medicare Privatization. Details are in this News Release.
"The New York actuary's opinion runs contrary to the standard view in Washington. Both conservatives and liberals tend to talk about how to "reform" the system by trimming its long-term costs. Otherwise, it's argued, the cost of benefit payments from Social Security and Medicare will become overwhelming as baby boomers retire. By contrast, Mr. Langer urges making Social Security benefits much more generous to provide safe and adequate pensions, even if payroll taxes must rise."
In other words, we can afford an aging population if we'll only confront our long-term funding issues honestly without a crisis mentality.
"Kogan wants to make clear that there is no general "entitlement crisis." Medicare and Medicaid costs are growing rapidly as healthcare costs escalate."
We can't continue to ignore the tougher issue of healthcare reform (which might hurt insurers' bottom line) in favor of benefits cuts (which certainly hurts seniors and their families)under the guise of "entitlement reform". The goal should be strengthening Social Security and Medicare, not cutting these programs just as we need them most.
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