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Federal spending mandated by our major entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid) today comprises the majority of the federal budget and will bankrupt the United States absent imminent structural reforms.

Not only do these entitlement programs drain federal spending dollars, but they don’t do a particularly good job of delivering promised services and benefits. Social Security provides a shameful rate of return for most recipients, especially when compared with private sector alternatives.  And seniors and the poor are finding it increasingly difficult to find a doctor who will accept Medicare or Medicaid patients.

IPI has proposed specific, concrete solutions that would not only make these programs solvent and sustainable, but also deliver superior benefits. Entitlements should not be reformed solely for the benefit of the federal government, but also for the benefit of taxpayers and recipients.

February 5, 2016

Cut the Minimum Wage for the 1 Million Losing Food Stamps


The price of their labor is the only thing low- or no-skilled workers have to bargain with. Let the unemployed food stamp recipients work for less than the minimum wage and maybe they will be able to get a job.

February 2, 2016

Why Losing Welfare Benefits Helps Welfare Recipients


As an Oregon welfare reform pilot program demonstrated in the 1990s, when people looking for welfare benefits were told they would have to work for their benefits, about a third walked out saying if they had to work they’d find their own job. 

December 15, 2015

Can Social Security and Medicare Be Counted as Part of Seniors' Wealth?


Future Social Security and Medicare benefits can't be counted as part of seniors' wealth because they don't own those accounts.  But if seniors did own them, they wouldn't just be "counted" as wealthy, they would be wealthy.

December 8, 2015

Should Food Stamps Be Restricted to Healthy Food Products?


Maine Governor Paul LePage wants to make the food stamp program more of a safety net and less of a hammock. Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm would have agreed.

November 12, 2015

Immigrants Getting More Help Than You Realize From White House


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Immigrants coming to the United States are getting a free hand from the Obama Administration. And more of a free hand than you even realize.

November 10, 2015

The Minimum Wage and the Entitlement Mentality


Minimum wage increases, like welfare benefits, expand the entitlement mentality.

November 10, 2015

Upside and Downside of Investing in a myRA, Uncle Sam's Newest Savings Plan


IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

"Don't bother with the myRA," said Giovanetti. "The myRA is touted as a safe, easy, affordable savings plan for workers -- it invests in only U.S. Treasury securities. The website brags about how there are no fees and no complications for employers, and that it's a Roth IRA."

November 5, 2015

The Medicare Part D Drug Program Is One Of Government's Most Efficient


Part D has been operating for about a decade, and it clearly defies most government program stereotypes.

November 4, 2015

Don't Bother with myRA


Today, the Treasury Department rolled out the new myRA retirement accounts with almost no fanfare. And it’s easy to see why: The myRA is a retirement savings policy embarrassment.

November 3, 2015

Budget Deal Perpetuates the Social Security Trust Fund Fiction


The budget deal perpetuates the Social Security trust fund fiction by borrowing from one trust fund that has loaned its assets for IOUs to save another trust fund which has spent its IOUs. 

 

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