September 27, 2013

Two Sept. 24 news articles painted America’s aging population with the brush of fault, one with an erroneous assumption, the other with a snarky aside. Both are diversionary tactics and encourage inter-generational resentment.  

In “Shutdown’s shadow shrinks Hill priorities,” The Post said “the soaring cost of caring for an aging population” is “the nation’s central budget problem.” Truly? What about the billions spent on a decade of wars and the bailout of the financial sector?    

Nurses express concern about law,” meanwhile, offered a mean-spirited comment in connection with the Affordable Care Act: “The system is designed to have . . . premiums help offset the cost of care for those baby boomers who were sure they’d never get old or sick.” What?

Here’s a fact I rarely see: The baby boom cohort is a statistical anomaly, a bulge of births that has a beginning and end, lasting for 18 years. The oldest, born in 1946, are eligible for Medicare and are not using the Affordable Care Act, and the rest of us boomers will be there by 2029 (if we’re not dead). This is a time-limited problem.  

My husband and I have three millennials, and they’re starting to believe this nonsense. Let’s address all of our nation’s central budget problems and stop blaming boomers.

Marie Kerr, Davidsonville