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Social Security's solvency keeps getting worse, and Congress keeps doing nothing

Editors, Washington Examiner

In the midst of the Great Depression, millions of elderly persons lived in poverty. Today, the poverty rate for those 65 and older is only 9 percent, compared to 11 percent for adults 19-64. While life expectancy improved by 17 years from 1935 to 2014, the Social Security retirement age has increased by less than two years. But to get reforms moving, Republicans and President Trump need to simply start talking about this crisis now. Reforms can't just be sprung on constituents during a lame-duck session or after 2020. The longer they wait, the worse this crisis gets.