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AARP Cheat Sheet: Wednesday, December 22

(“Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.” BBC.)
The baby boomer generation started a trend toward college attendance… and now they aren’t done with working: “When their parents entered retirement, it was considered a time that might feature travel, relaxation, enjoyment, but little work outside of an avocation. Baby boomers overall and many of those turning 65 consider work to be part of retirement and a significant percentage would say that they never will consider themselves retired.”
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking on behalf of Health and Human Services: “Insurers whose rate increases are deemed unreasonable would be required to provide written justifications that would be posted on the federal government’s new health website. Ultimately, we know that the bright light of sunshine convinces more insurers to think twice and check their math before submitting large rate hikes. … This is our latest step to put consumers back in charge of their own healthcare.” This will affect insurers like WellPoint, who announced that they seek to “raise premiums 20 percent to 28 percent for more than 216,000 people in plans at businesses with 50 or fewer employees.”