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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.

June 9, 2015

HISD Summer Free Meal Program Is Underway


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

You may be surprised abuot who is eligible for the HISD free school meal program in which children up to the age of 18 can eat two meals a day for free, with no registration required. IPI's Merrill Matthews says costs might go down if enrollment was required.

June 5, 2015

Old and Broke In America


If you are an older American headed toward retirement, there’s a good chance you will be poor. We can fix the problem of old and broke in America, if it weren’t for entrenched, status quo forces.

June 2, 2015

The Alternate Plan: Texas Counties Pioneer Social Security Reform


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In a new publication, The Private Sector Can Reform Social Security’s Disability Program, Dr. Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, outlines how Galveston County opted out of Social Security in 1981 with Matagorda and Brazoria counties following suit in 1982. The three counties instead adopted what’s known as the “Alternate Plan.”

May 27, 2015

Let The Private Sector Reform Social Security's Disability Program


Social Security's disability program is in poor financial shape, but a new publication explains how a private sector reform, modeled after a program that's been around for nearly 35 years, would provide the disabled and survivors with better benefits while helping remove some of the strain from Social Security.

May 26, 2015

The Private Sector Can Reform Social Security's Disability Program


Social Security's disability program is in bad financial shape. A private sector reform, modeled after an program that's been around for nearly 35 years, would provide the disabled and survivors with better benefits while helping remove some of the strain from Social Security.

May 26, 2015

The Private Sector Can Reform Social Security's Disability Program


Social Security's disability program is in bad financial shape. A private sector reform, modeled after a program that's been around for nearly 35 years, would provide the disabled and survivors with better benefits while helping remove some of the strain from Social Security.

April 29, 2015

Privatizing Social Security's Disability Program Would Help The Disabled


How about we quit nibbling at the edges of Social Security reform and try a plan that would not only help save the financially struggling program, which currently faces $13.4 trillion in unfunded liabilities, but improve benefits for the disabled.

April 17, 2015

Chris Christie Proves He Can Redistribute Money Like Barack Obama


Christie was in New Hampshire this week testing the presidential waters and decided to roll out a Social Security reform plan: Take money away from wealthier seniors and give it to lower-income seniors.

April 14, 2015

How the Food Stamp Program Is Like the U.S. Export-Import Bank

The U.S. Export-Import Bank is one of the best examples of cronyism: we fund other countries to buy our products. Well, that's similar to what we do with the farm bill and the food stamp program.

March 26, 2015

Medicare's Becoming A Means-Tested Welfare Program, And That Could Be A Good Thing


Those fighting to keep Medicare from becoming a means-tested welfare program are losing the battle, but that might be the only way we’re ever going to get real Medicare reform.

 

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