Less Carrying, More Caring: What If USPS Rounds Included Health Checks For Vulnerable Americans

America has two problems, which can be tempered with a single solution.

The baby boom generation is graying, creating an ever-larger population of older people, many isolated, whose needs the nation is ill-equipped to meet or even monitor.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service has gone $160 billion into debt, in part as digital communications have replaced snail mail. This year it has requested two rate increases for stamps and other services, bringing the price of a first-class stamp to 58 cents. It is running an aggressive TV ad campaign, presumably to build support for Congress to step in with some kind of rescue.

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Elisabeth Rosenthal