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Entitlement Reform

The Trump Conundrum: He Can't Keep His Promise to Seniors While Also Repealing Obamacare

Max Richtman | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Max Richtman

If he wants to preserve seniors' benefits in Medicare, as promised during the campaign, then adopting a voucher plan designed to shift costs to seniors fundamentally violates that pledge.

Conservative Guideposts for Fiscal Policy

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Conservatives need a new budget strategy that emphasizes discretionary programs in basic research, education, infrastructure, economic-self-sufficiency and national security. In doing so, emphasis should be focused on funding contingent on quality analysis and outcomes.

The Biden Scenario

Jeff Wald | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Jeff Wald

The Answer to Trump, Fiorina, Carson & Sanders: Draft Joe Biden & Team

Privatization of Medicare: Urgency of the Latest Threat

John Geyman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
John Geyman

House Republicans want to convert Medicare into a voucher program, and would like to see the Senate concur. All this ties together as the biggest threat to health care for seniors and the disabled that we have yet seen. Democrats need to discover their spine!

Who Owns American Debt?

Scott Baker | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Scott Baker

The popular Netflix series, House of Cards, perpetuated the myth of a finite money supply with this weekend's release of Season 3. But if President Underwood really wanted to stimulate the economy, he'd have a plan in mind.

Michael McAuliff

Bernie Sanders: Obama Won't Propose Chained CPI To Cut Entitlements | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will not renew his pursuit of a stealthy cut to Social Security and other entitlement programs by proposing a che...

Don't Forget What Happened When Obama First Proposed Chained CPI

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Most media coverage of the president's decision not to include the "chained CPI" for cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and other retirement programs in his 2015 budget has left out a key point to understanding the announcement.

Maybe It's Time to Find a New Word for "Reform"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Today, as Orwell predicted, we need a new political language. "Reform" is being used in our political discourse by the wealthy and corporate mouthpieces as code for privatizing and deregulating every public service they can get their greedy hands on.

Budget Conference Provides an Excellent Opportunity to Carefully Examine Rep. Ryan's 'Entitlement' Proposals

Scott Lilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Paul Ryan has indicated that "entitlement reform" will be at the top of his agenda. Committee members should listen carefully to what he has to say and encourage him to provide more details than he has so far offered on how his proposed savings would be accomplished.

Obamacare Glitches

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The government shutdown was a misguided and senseless tactic that cost American taxpayers at least $24 billion and damaged the Republican brand. But the error-plagued rollout of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has given the GOP a way to change the conversation.

The Choice Congress Won't Face Up To

Scott Lilly | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Much of what is commonly being said about the federal budget is either mischaracterization or flatly wrong. When you slice through all the heated rhetoric, the budgetary choices we face may be painful, but they are actually much simpler to make than the debate would suggest.

Sam Stein

McConnell's Sequester Deal Would Replace 'Crappy Cuts With Crappy Cuts' | Sam Stein | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats aren’t jumping at the latest offer from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the two parties' sti...

Sam Stein

Obama, House Dems At A Loss Over How To Move Agenda | Sam Stein | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over a two-and-a-half hour dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and nine House D...

One Piece Of Economic News You Really Must Hear

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.14.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Yet for all the humbug and melancholy, the ratings agency Standard & Poor's has some unexpected good news in its new report. Contrary to what your Twitter feed may suggest, a number of nations are making notable progress in reforming fiscal and economic policies to account for population aging.

Dave Jamieson

Major Ally Rips Obama Budget: 'Unconscionable' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama hasn't formally proposed his "compromise" budget plan yet, but the White House can already see cracks forming among its ...

Jason Linkins

Obama's Budget Offer May Finally Successfully Fool 'Grand Bargain' Fetishists | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

Moving from a discussion of an empty gesture from the White House to a potentially more substantive one, the big news Friday is that President Barack ...

A Bitter Moment in Obama's Presidency

Eric Zuesse | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Ending the sequester cuts would require virtual political suicide for whichever party caved, because there really is no achievable middle-ground here, not within a million miles.

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Willing To Buck White House On Entitlements | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the White House showing openness to cuts in Social Security, officials with the AFL-CIO labor federation said Friday that they woul...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Calms House Democratic Concerns Over Entitlement Reform | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama assured House Democrats Thursday he won't slash Social Security and Medicare, moments after he reaffirmed his com...

Sabrina Siddiqui

House GOP Meets With Obama, Still Skeptical Of Compromise | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama continued his newfound charm offensive Wednesday, returning to Capitol Hill to meet with the House Republican con...

Why Young Adults Should Care About Medicare

Erin Havel | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

My career was going very well, I was healthy in every usual sense of the word, until this rare condition became a problem. Drawing on "entitlements" at a young age was not my plan. No one saw this coming, but thank goodness for those safety-net programs our country has in place.

Paul Ryan's New Budget: Ideological Wish-Fulfillment Fantasy

Alex Knepper | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

I still admire Rep. Ryan and hope that he continues to make strides toward making serious entitlement reform possible. But if he wants to govern then he needs to bow to reality and accept that elections have consequences -- even elections that he lost.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Progressives Warn Obama Against Giving Away The Store | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama took a break during his offensive to charm Republican lawmakers open to a budget deal on Tuesday to assure his fe...

Where Does The U.S. Rank In Retirement Quality?

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 03.07.2013 | Fifty

Retirement as the previous generation has known it is taking a beating thanks to diminished incomes, a need to tap into 401(k)s early and ongoing batt...

Washington Debate Ignores Crucial Facts

The New York Times | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

The debate over reform of Social Security and Medicare is taking place in a vacuum, without adequate consideration of fundamental facts....