Lawmakers Attempt to Increase Retirement Age in an Effort to Save Social Security & Medicaid

Recently, lawmakers have struggled in vain to ensure Social Security assurance for our senior citizens. The current financial stability of the Social Security program poses serious threats to Medicare, tax caps, and the modern retirement age, as lawmakers explore several solutions. With statistics showing Americans currently live longer, it enforces advocates to insist on increasing the age citizens are eligible to take advantage of Social Security benefits. Does an increase in the tax cap or retirement age make sense to aging senior citizens, and what are the future implications?

Depleted Concern or Depleted Funding?

While the statistical data implies modern-day Americans live longer than ever before, lawmakers are currently considering a retirement age increase from 65 to 69 by 2030 if they ultimately fail to raise it to 75 by the year 2032. Ultimately, the goal of multiple senators in favor of the proposal is to claim this is the best solution to getting a grip on our nation’s climbing debt crisis. This concept involves adjusting retirees’ long-term benefits rather than raising revenue through taxation.

Other lawmakers favor an increase in the income subject to Social Security and Medicaid taxes, claiming it is a fair solution for higher earners. Currently, the tax cap sits at $147,000, which may face either total elimination or significant increases should Social Security and Medicaid suddenly become insolvent. At our current rate, experts expect Social Security to be entirely depleted by 2034. However, with the increased number of senior citizens and improved life expectancy, it’s concerning to wonder whether Social Security could disappear altogether.

Could Social Security Disappear Entirely?

As Americans continue to reach retirement age or linger a few years behind it, many are left to wonder whether Social Security can go bankrupt or disappear entirely. If Social Security had failed to exist at all, nearly half of all elderly would live in a state of poverty. Currently, roughly 10% of America’s aging citizens live in poverty. But, thus far, the government-funded program has provided a steady source of income for aging, retired workers to rely on from month to month. Protecting this program could mean the difference between taking care of or leaving them to live in unacceptable living conditions.

Unfortunately, the demographic changes have put Social Security in a tough spot, falling short by nearly $17 trillion. Some experts blame baby boomers for leaving the workforce in droves, and as they retire, they are also living longer and consuming more Social Security funds than ever before. As time marches on, our society is witnessing record-low birth rates, which threatens the worker-to-beneficiary ratio the program relies on so heavily. If lawmakers halt efforts to increase the retirement age or tax cap, Social Security could face insolvency.

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