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How seniors see it: Talking about entitlement reform in Florida

In American presidential politics, the focus now is on Tuesday’s “winner-take-all” Florida Republican primary.

But it’s the coming decades where one consequential question looms: How are we going to pay the bills for the promises we made to older Americans? This is an issue where public policy and voter power meet head on. And that clash is very much in play here in the state with the highest percentage of senior citizens anywhere in the country.

How does a Republican Party where “entitlement reform” has become a central concern appeal to an age group that is big, getting bigger, that votes, and whose feeling about such reform can be summed up as “hands off”? As Jeff Greenfield found in this report from Florida, the answer is: very carefully.