Retirees are the front-line victims of economic belt-tightening policies
Argentina is a country where old people are poor. Badly treated economically and socially, they are society's cast-offs, forgotten in the dark recesses of memory.
They represent 12 per cent of the total population, yet they are shabbily treated by the government, which relegates them to the sidelines of society. There are 4,500,000 over-60s, and only 2,800,000 of them receive some kind of old age pension. More than 1,500,000 people have no insurance coverage whatever and live in dire poverty.
Official economic adjustment policies have always targeted the pension system. In 1992, bowing …