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.
The Debt Ceiling's Baaaaack! What Will Republicans Do?
Republicans challenged President Obama efforts to raise the debt ceiling by demanding spending cuts. Now that the debt ceiling is back and Republicans are in control, will they be as aggressive in pushing spending cuts?
Republicans' Biggest Challenge: Remaining Small-Government Conservatives
Republicans campaigned on cutting the size of government, but they will face a lot of pressure to abandon those promises and spend like Democrats.
Finally, Giving the Poor Access to Good Insurance
What Republicans have consistently called for in Medicaid reform is giving states flexibility. Let’s give individuals flexibility too.
Low-Skilled Job Openings Means It's Time to Reestablish Workfare
There are low-skilled jobs that need to be filled; let's fill as many as possible with Americans as a condition for receiving welfare benefits.
The 'Death Spiral' Is Hitting All Entitlements, Not Just Obamacare
The "death spiral" isn't restricted to Obamacare. Most entitlement programs are facing their own death spiral—and Democrats' proposed "solutions" would only make the problems worse.
Don't Cry for 'Free' Argentina--It's Finally Doing Something Right
Leftists and unions are protesting against Argentina President Macri because he is cutting government jobs and scaling back government utility subsidies—both of which the U.S. should be doing also.
Comparing Welfare Reform's Success to Obamacare's Failure
There are lessons to be learned by comparing welfare reform's 20-year success story with Obamacare's five years of failure. For example, bipartisanship.
The Right Way to Increase Social Security Benefits
There is a way to increase the Social Security benefits of perhaps half of those age 65 and older, and it involves cutting taxes, not raising them.
The Democratic Convention Will Be a Buffet of Vote-Buying and Phony Promises
This year’s convention is set to be a four-day effort to buy votes with taxpayer and employer money.
Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Will Help The Poor, But The Welfare Lobby Will Fight It
The biggest resistance to adopting a “workfare” system isn’t from welfare recipients, but from bureaucrats and the welfare lobby who benefit from keeping the poor dependent on government.
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