As for personal savings? Some families do have them, but, as the Journal reported, “Federal Reserve and other data suggest that those don’t fill the gap for most people.” Seems like those stats alone should generate more press interest in reframing the discourse around Social Security.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.