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Means Testing

Social Security Privatization: Then and Now

Max Richtman | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Max Richtman

Current and future Democratic lawmakers now have an opportunity to do the right thing by joining the growing Boost Social Security movement and supporting legislation which would improve benefits while also strengthening the program's long-term outlook.

Amanda Terkel

New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A pair of House Republicans have a new bill that would spare the military from sequestration by cutting the Social Security benefits of ...

Who Pays for More Means Testing in Medicare? The Middle Class

Joe Baker | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Joe Baker

Medicare remains an overwhelmingly popular benefit, and American families are supportive of preserving it. But some policymakers propose pushing middle- and high-income Medicare beneficiaries down a slippery slope by further increasing premiums based on their incomes.

Seniors Shouldn't Have to Pay More to Medicare to Pad Drug Company Profits

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Our goal shouldn't be to shift Medicare costs to seniors and make health care more expensive. It should be to make the wealthiest pay more.

Social Security and Medicare: Six Common Myths, Debunked

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In the coming days and weeks we'll be hearing a lot of misinformation about the Trustees Report from the Social Security Administration. It's time to separate the myths from the realities.

Should We "Means Test" Your Auto Insurance? Then Why Do It for Social Security?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Cuts to Social Security -- whether they're in the form of means-testing or the Ryan/Romney proposals to raise the eligibility age and reduce cost-of-living benefits -- will hurt most seniors. They'll cause the most pain to elderly and disabled women and minorities.

Social Security: Mitch Daniels and the Millionaires' "Means Testing" Scam

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The means-testing proposal is a Trojan horse. It uses anti-millionaire rhetoric to create the machinery for denying benefits to rich people, but its backers will then use that machinery against most Americans.

Mitch Daniels' SOTU Response Is Wrong on Social Security

Daniel Marans | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Daniel Marans

Means testing has such common-sense appeal that it has even gained traction among some Democrats. That is why it is especially important that we elaborate on why it would cost more than it saves.

Yes, They Can: How Emerging Economies Are Building Universal Health Coverage

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

While the debate rages in rich nations, successful developing countries like Brazil, Chile, China, India and Indonesia have figured out a way forward, and are moving ahead. Here is what they are doing.

Question Authority: The Boomers Are Coming and They Won't Play Dead

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

Politicians beware -- the boomers are coming. Like drill sergeants you may bark your marching orders and expect unchallenged compliance. But this army will march to its own drum beat.

Elise Foley

House Dems Scramble After Obama Insists On Grand Bargain | Elise Foley | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday evening, many lawmakers were surprised to find out that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts would be on the table f...

Suggestions for Obama's Medicare Counterproposal

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's going to be very easy for whatever Obama comes up with to look a lot better than just handing seniors a voucher and saying: "Good luck with that medical insurance marketplace."