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Except that they're only loosely based on actuarial science. The committees that put together the tables may have started with the science, but the end result is all from political negotiations and compromises.

So it should be no surprise that the tables occasionally get changed based on the current political landscape. And maybe a little science - when the science aligns with the current political will.


The Uniform Lifetime Table III hasn't been changed since it was implemented in 2002. It seems unlikely that the table would be changed unless there is some dramatic shift in human life spans.

At age 70, the Uniform Lifetime Table III assumes that you will live to the age of 97.4. What percentage of 70 year olds will live to that age when 50% of that population is expected to die in 14.40 years?
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