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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.

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.

March 17, 2015

How About a Bold Plan for Reforming Social Security's Disability Program

If we are going to reform the Social Security disability insurance program, let's be bold and privatize it.

February 10, 2015

The White House Lied About Those Getting Amnesty Not Receiving Welfare Benefits

We are going to have to forget that old maxim that “crime doesn’t pay,” because in Obama’s redistribution economy crime (i.e., entering the country illegally) pays handsomely.

January 27, 2015

Trying to Understand the Declining Labor Force Participation Rate

It's tempting to blame President Obama and his economic policies for the unprecedented decline in the labor force participation rate.  And while those policies may have exacerbated the trend, the decline has been occurring for years.

January 21, 2015

Obama's SOTU Proposals Could Put More Than 57% Of The Public On The Federal Dole

Adding in President Obama’s costly new entitlement programs outlined in his State of the Union address could put a back-of-the-envelope estimate of about 180 million Americans on the government dole.

December 2, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase Is Another Form of Income Redistribution

Welfare programs are not the only way President Obama seeks to redistribute income. Raising the minimum wage is also an income redistribution scheme, from employers to workers, without having to pass through the government.

December 1, 2014

Obama's Amnesty Will Create A Fiscal Nightmare For Entitlements

In one executive order Obama may have created his biggest income transfer scheme yet, and imposed the worst financial challenge to our two already-struggling retirement programs. And millions of Americans can expect to see their taxes go up in the future to pay for it.


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