Middle-Aged Americans Weigh Social Security Options
As reforming Social Security takes center stage in Washington, perhaps no group is watching the debate more closely than middle-aged Americans. The new private accounts President Bush has been promoting could be available to people up to age 55. And potential benefit cuts aimed at keeping the system solvent could have a significant effect on workers in their 40s.
In the second of three reports on how different generations view Social Security, NPR's John Ydstie talks with middle-age Americans about a system that's been a bedrock of U.S. retirement — and politics — since its creation.
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