Social Security And Healthcare: A Case Study

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As the United States’ population continues to grow and shift with changes in citizens’ age and ethnicity, the U.S. government will have to focus more closely and cooperatively on the aspects of Social Security and Healthcare for our senior citizens while also accounting for the added strain of increasing numbers of immigrants who will also rely on these services. The Social Security and Healthcare issues facing our immigrants are not unlike those facing our senior citizens because the number of immigrants is growing rapidly, and the average age of immigrants currently residing in the United States is 43.1 years. The pressures I see emerging because of these demographic shifts include strain between politicians and citizens coming together to…show more content…
Chafee’s stance is that Social Security and Medicare are the most important aspects of a stable future for American senior citizens and that we must ensure that these programs are available to current and future seniors. Chafee states that Congress must address the rapidly approaching disaster of a depleted Social Security system. Within the next ten years "baby boomers" will start retiring. It is estimated that, as a result of this, by 2013 Social Security will be making greater payments to retirees than it will take in from the workforce. By 2032 the Social Security Trust Fund will be completely exhausted. Congress could rewrite this forecast by establishing individual savings accounts, restoring Social Security to permanent actuarial solvency, improving work incentives and/or resolving internal administrative problems. Chafee supports legislation which “allows a tax deduction on long-term care insurance premiums for taxpayers, including accelerated deductions persons for people 55 years of age and up.” I agree with Chafee’s position – it would be unethical to leave the problem of funding the Social Security program to future…show more content…
She supports legislation which promises to provide seniors with lower premiums and prices of prescription drugs. “These increases fall hardest on senior citizens and the uninsured. Their health needs are often great, and their low incomes often make these products unaffordable. They have no ability to use their combined purchasing power to negotiate reasonable prices. Taxpayers pay tens of billions of dollars for the purchase of drugs by Medicaid—an expense that could be reduced significantly if states are permitted to negotiate for the best prices from drug manufacturers.” Clinton also reintroduced the Positive Aging Act, stating that she is concerned with mental health services for seniors. She indicated that the number of older Americans with mental disorders will rise to 15 million by 2030. The Positive Aging Act would allow further access to mental health services by providing funding to states for screening and treatment. The need for this legislation seems relatively obvious, I think that many people don’t take the time to understand our older generations and the difficulties they face. Drugs are an important part of most seniors’ daily lives, and being able to afford them means the difference of life and

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