Social Security: Changes and Challenges

In an article I wrote last week to open our special coverage on Social Security, I mentioned Ida May Fuller. Fuller retired in late 1939 and became the first ever recipient of federal benefits. She was 65. But Fuller, unlike most 65-year-olds in 1939, lived another 35 years to the ripe old age of 100. A statistical outlier, to be sure, she is cited by some today as the crux of the Social Security problem.

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