|Biodesign buildings at Arizona State University (1).|
The Census Bureau estimates that around 40 million Americans are currently older than 65. That number will increase dramatically, to 88.5 million people, by 2050. This senior citizen boom will place a serious burden on the U.S. health care system. As worrisome, some experts predict that the burgeoning senior population will bankrupt Medicare by 2024 if nothing is done to address the issue.
The president can help address the problems associated with the senior citizen boom if he keeps a 2008 promise to increase federal funding for medical research. Specifically, Obama should allocate billions of dollars toward the study of age related diseases. Armed with increased resources, scientists can make a concerted effort to find cures (or at least better treatments) for Alzheimer's disease and other debilitating, age-onset illnesses.
Obama should also work with Congress to make sure that Medicare does not go bankrupt in the foreseeable future. He can ensure Medicare's viability by increasing funding for the program or by restructuring it. Whichever method he chooses, the president must do something. Americans of all ages need to know that Medicare will be there for them when they retire. The issue is too important to be put aside.
1. Photographer: Nick Schweitzer
Date: January 15, 2007
Title/Description: Biodesign buildings at Arizona State University.
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-- Anthony Hopper
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