There are projected to be about 2.4 million baby boomers — those Americans born during the post-World War II period of increased birth rate from 1946 to 1964 — still alive in 2060. The youngest of them would turn 96 years old that year. By the end of the baby boom period in 1964, baby boomers made up an estimated 40% of the US population, and by 2012, they represented 28% of the US population. Life expectancy in the US in 1940, just prior to the baby boom, was 63.5 years, and that number had increased to 78.3 years by 2010. As a result, entitlement programs for older Americans, such as Social Security to provide funds after retirement and Medicare for health insurance benefits, have been projected to be strained as more people use them for longer than was expected when the programs were established.
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I paid into Social Security from the age of 13 until three years ago. For 15 of those years, I also had to pay the part that my employer did not pay. I am a female, so I was not paid at the same level as a man, even though I supported my two children without any help from their father whom I was for some time married to.
Believe me, Social Security is not an entitlement for me! I paid dearly into it for 60 years. I have earned the little ($567.00 monthly) that I receive.