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.
Obama to Seniors: It's Time for You to Pay
Seniors strongly supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 election over President Barack Obama, and now Obama attempts to get his revenge in his most recent budget proposal with cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as tax hikes for estates and 401(k)s.
Ending White House Tours Instead Of Ending Medicare And Medicaid Fraud
I don’t know how much money President Obama thinks it saves by canceling White House tours, but we do have several estimates of how much Medicare and Medicaid fraud cost. Typical estimates put the figure in the $60 billion a year range for each program.
The Left Wants to Undermine One of the Only Well-Functioning Health Care Programs
Medicare Part D works much better than anyone predicted, which is why the left is out to undermine it.
President Obama's Welfare State of the Union
President Obama has done more than any previous president to expand the welfare rolls, just don’t expect him to claim much credit for it in the State of the Union.
Because While Crime May Not Always Pay, the Government Does
The government steals taxpayer money to give to green energy; then the mob steals the money from the government.
Whatever Happened To The Republican Ideas Machine?
If Republicans want to recapture the public’s support and trust, they will have to do it with bold new ideas that actually address the country’s problems. The GOP used to be an ideas machine; maybe with a little kick start it can be again.
Wasn't the Presidential Election Supposed to Be About Growing Jobs and the Economy?
President Obama campaigned on growing jobs and the economy; but in his second inaugural address, he virtually ignores those challenges.
Galveston-Style Entitlement Reform Is On The Money
Switching to a pre-funded system similar to the Alternate Plan, even if it is only for new workers entering the system, means a day will come when we won't be adding even more unfunded liabilities or robbing from those who have paid in their entire working lives.
Fiscal deal makes social programs more vulnerable
The lack of spending cuts in legislation that averted the fiscal cliff will place enormous pressure on entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and even the president’s new heath insurance plan when negotiations begin in coming weeks to reduce the deficit, analysts said Wednesday.
Democrats Draw Line on Medicaid Cuts
NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner cites IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews on why Medicaid needs a complete overhaul. "Although it's better than not having any insurance, it is bad insurance. And I argue that health care coverage for the poor shouldn't necessarily be poor coverage."
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