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View Diary: Republican senator too lazy to use Google finally gets his answer (87 comments)

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  •  Other than switching to the chained CPI (0+ / 0-)

    (which is a cut only in the sense that it makes future increases smaller than they would otherwise be), is there anything else?

    •  Raising the age IS a cut in benefits (1+ / 0-)
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      oh yay another commenter

      Even worse the people who need the retirement benefits most (those not in desk jobs) tend to live shorter lives and need to retire earlier than a privileged CEO.

      The best strategy to get more younger people employed would be to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to 50 and for SS retiree benefits to 55.

      The first puts more healthy bodies in the Medicare pool, thereby reducing costs; the second takes more older workers out of the employment pool thereby increasing job availability for younger employees.

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