Posts Tagged ‘entitlements’

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    Entitlements: A Baby Boomer Crisis?

    Jul 21, 13 • 343 Views • No Comments

    The good news is that many of us are living longer. (Afterwards, we will look at the bad news.) A new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) tells us that in 2010 the average US woman lived for 80.9 years and the average male, 76.3...  [read more]

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    Entitlements: What is the Right Size for the Safety Net?

    Apr 23, 13 • 391 Views • No Comments

    At the beginning of The Intouchables, we meet an unemployed French worker awaiting a job interview. Uninterested in being hired, he needs a third signature for his benefits form to prove he is looking. Inexplicably, he gets the job and the result is a great...  [read more]

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    Medicare Math

    May 1, 11 • 351 Views • No Comments

    The ratio is 3 to 1. The “3” is how much Medicare recipients are receiving. The “1” is what they paid. Still though, you can see from this NPR report why most people call Medicare an entitlement. According to a study from the Urban...  [read more]

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    “Free” Kidney Treatment

    Apr 2, 11 • 275 Views • No Comments

    In October 1972, Congress decided that the federal government should pay for treating chronic kidney disease. Concerned that care went primarily to those who could afford it, Congress proclaimed dialysis and transplants an entitlement for almost all of us....  [read more]

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    We Are Living Longer

    Mar 20, 11 • 314 Views • No Comments

    Using data for 2009 from death certificates in all 50 states, the national Centers for Disease Control has concluded that we are living longer. A male infant’s projected life span has risen .2 years to 75.7 while a female infant’s life expectancy...  [read more]