In the 1960s, more than a third of seniors lived in poverty. Federal programs like Medicare to help the elderly, the situation improved significantly. But last year, the poverty rate for those 65 or older increased, even as it sank for everyone else.
If they auto-enroll everyone in their newly generous income-driven repayment plan, it will significantly take the sting out of resuming payments. Joe Biden’s plan is the culmination of years of activist work.
Untreated disease, violence, exposure, overdoses and car strikes are all added hazards of living on the streets. The number of Americans dying while homeless has surged dramatically in the past five years.
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