Senior Policy Analyst
Richer Americans live longer than poorer Americans, and the gap is widening. While many people will live significantly longer than their parents and grandparents, some groups have seen no gains, and others (such as poorer women) may have lost years of life. This troubling development makes Social Security less progressive, as discussed below — and some widely discussed changes, like raising the full retirement age, could make things worse.
Here are the basic facts: