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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.

May 29, 2018

Why States Cannot Implement a Single-Payer Health Care System

California is once again pushing for a state-based, single-payer health care system. The problem is that it is practically impossible for a state to cover all of its citizens.

May 8, 2018

The Best Job Training Is On-the-Job Training

Republicans should be careful about job-training allowances in their "workfare" proposals because people will use that as a ruse to avoid work. Rather, employers will provide all the job training low-skilled workers need.

April 20, 2018

Florida Insurance Scheme Defrauded Million$

It's not every day that a person is sentenced for fraud involving medical clinics, but it's more common than one might think.

April 12, 2018

Should Our Next Census Ask About Citizenship Status?

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, at the request of the Justice Department, has instructed the U.S. Census Bureau to include a question on the 2020 decennial census asking whether the respondent is a U.S. citizen.

March 20, 2018

Gov. Walker Embraces 'Workfare' and Solves Two Problems

Welfare recipients need jobs and employers need workers, especially now. Gov. Scott Walker has one solution for both problems.

March 7, 2018

Concern Over Trump's Food Stamp Plan 'Overblown'

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction – and that may be proven true if a plan involving food stamps becomes reality. Still, OneNewsNow found someone who likes the proposed approach.

March 2, 2018

SNAP Food-Box Proposal Is A Tough One To Swallow

There’s no question the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps, is past its expiration date for reform.

February 24, 2018

Chopping Food Stamp Choices... And Taxpayers' Dollars

"I think it has merit for at least discussion," responds Dr. Merrill Matthews of The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI). He says the current SNAP program allows recipients to choose from a wide selection of food.

February 24, 2018

Battle Brews in DC Over Food Stamp Cuts

Merrill Matthews, a scholar with the Irving, Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation, a conservative think tank, contends that the president’s approach has merit and should at least be tried as a pilot program in some states.

February 20, 2018

Trump's Food Stamp Replacement Proposal Has Merit

President Trump has proposed replacing part of the food stamp program with a box of nutritious food. The idea is well worth considering, especially as a state demonstration project. 

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