A Medical Miracle with Conflicting Consequences
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Eighty million baby boomers are reaching their late 50's. Will an aging population burden the young or use the wisdom that comes from experience to create a better society? On this archived edition of To the Point, originally broadcast in April of this year, we look at the pros and cons of an aging America. Also, an update on healthcare reform. On Reporter's Notebook, for decades, union membership has been declining as a percentage of America's work force. What's the state of the AFL-CIO? We get a progress report.
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Congress Returns to Work and Healthcare Reform ()
A Medical Miracle with Conflicting Consequences ()
Baby boomers will live almost twice as long as previous generations, and older Americans are going to outnumber the young. There's already competition for jobs, and young people who find work will pay for the rising costs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. On the bright side, there's a new force of reliable workers with experience as well as good health, and the wisdom to find fulfillment in social improvement. On this archived segment of To the Point, originally broadcast in April of this year, we look at the pros and cons of an aging America.
- Stephanie Klein: Founder, The Boomer Group
- Robert Samuelson: Contributing Editor, Newsweek and the Washington Post
- Marc Freedman: Founder and CEO, Civic Ventures
- Steven Greenhouse: Labor Reporter, New York Times, @greenhousenyt
The Future of Organized Labor ()
The wage gap is increasing in the Unites States and the United States still celebrates Labor Day, but for years there's been less and less to celebrate as union membership has been on the decline. Whatever happened to the AFL-CIO? What's the Employee Free Choice Act? Does it have a chance in Congress? Harold Meyerson is executive editor of the liberal American Prospect magazine and a columnist for the Washington Post.
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