Ninny Clients of the Nanny State? Selective Paternalism in Public Benefit Programs for Older Americans

28 Pages Posted: 31 May 2008

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Marshall B. Kapp

Florida State University - College of Law and College of Medicine

Abstract

This article examines the incongruity of two conceptualizations of aging in contemporary America: older persons as adults capable (with adequate support) of exercising a high degree of self-determination by designing and managing important aspects of their own publicly financed long term care, on the one hand, versus older persons as decisionally incompetent ninnies requiring paternalistic micromanagement of their public health insurance and retirement income benefits, on the other.

Keywords: aging, elderly, healthcare, Medicare, retirement, Social Security

JEL Classification: H55, 118, K32

Suggested Citation

Kapp, Marshall, Ninny Clients of the Nanny State? Selective Paternalism in Public Benefit Programs for Older Americans. Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1139113

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