Pay Retirement Benefits Only to the Disabled over 65?

From an article in today’s Washington Post, which suggests that we should abolish retirment benefits based on age, and only pay them to the disabled aged:
…”It’s an argument for ending the link between age and benefits. Social Security actually consists of three programs. One pays benefits based on age; another pays if you lose your spouse; a third pays if you become disabled. As of 2002, 70 percent of the money paid out was based on age; only 15 percent was based on disability. That’s insane. Inequality of aging means that age is a bad proxy for disability, which is a good proxy for need. If you turn 65 on the same day as your neighbor, but she’s disabled and you aren’t, we should pay her, not you.” Full article here:

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