Social Security Debate
February 18, 2009 American pension funds have a much higher percentage of their investments in stocks than pensions in other countries, a new study finds. Consequently, U.S. pension funds allocated far smaller percentages to less-risky bonds or other fixed-income investments.
February 2, 2008 Robert Ball, the man known as the father of Medicare, died this week at 93. Ball was the commissioner of Social Security under three U.S. presidents and an influential counselor on social issues to politicians of all political stripes. NPR's Joanne Silberner offers a remembrance of the man who masterminded hospital desegregation.
January 2, 2008 While the future of Social Security may be uncertain, some who are retiring now are forgoing Southern beaches in favor of Western mountains. Reports in recent days have noted a new trend in baby boomer retirement: They're choosing to settle in the West.
November 14, 2007 Almost 80 million baby boomers will be eligible to receive Social Security benefits in the next 20 years, setting off fears that the Social Security system will be overwhelmed. But baby boomers are expected to bring a different approach to old age by working longer than prior generations.