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The right’s latest Obamacare lie: Scapegoating America’s seniors

In recent years, demographers and economists have gravely expounded upon the implications of the coming “grey tsunami” – Philip Longman’s colorful term for the aging global population. This phrase conjures up visions of a mounting wave of senior citizens, poised to crash down upon current standards of living and sweep everyone under 65 out to sea, clinging to scraps of their foreclosed-upon homes. The basic premise is this: As the baby boomer generation ages, they will utterly swamp our capacity to provide for them, while mercilessly draining the public coffers. Grey tsunami forecasters assert a connection between the healthcare and deficit crises, channeling fiscal fears into anger at the predicted needs of legions of ill and needy elderly.

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