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Se cierne una crisis cuando la población de EUA que envejece requiere asistencia por $400.000 millones

By Ninian Carter

July 13, 2021 - El gobierno de Biden advierte que EUA se dirige a un peligroso déficit económico cuando los “baby boomers”, nacidos en la posguerra, se convierten en adultos mayores, destacando la necesidad de incremento de ayuda federal

In March, U.S. President Joe Biden proposed boosting federal medical programmes for lower-income citizens by $400 billion to fund at-home care for the elderly and infirm, but is finding it hard to gain enough support even from his own Democratic party.

Post-World War II baby boomers are now becoming senior citizens, highlighting a potentially dangerous lack of caregivers.

Presently, 16.5% of the U.S. population or 54 million people (a figure close to the entire population of Italy), are over the age of 65. By 2030, that is set to reach 74 million elderly. The number of people over the age of 85, who need the most care, is growing even more rapidly.

The global pandemic has highlighted the lack of affordable care for children, the elderly and disabled – with even some Republicans who originally opposed the spending package now seeing the need for change.

Failure to act would likely also further harm the U.S. economy by making it harder for women (who left jobs in their millions during the Covid-19 pandemic to look after out-of-school children and/or elderly relatives), to return to work.

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PUBLISHED: 13/07/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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