The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Seeking a Survivor for a Lifetime Appointment -

His move spotlights how increasing lifespans, the growing amount of time many people are spending below full capacity at the end of their years, and the divergence in life expectancy between demographic groups are all creating complex calculations for selectors and electors of powerful people.

"You never know what you're going to get when you nominate somebody to these positions," said Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "You're playing the averages, really."


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