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.
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.
There’s no question the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka food stamps, is past its expiration date for reform.
"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.
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.
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.
Millennials are being fleeced as Washington continues to confiscate their wages to prop up the collapsing Social Security program. The Great Social Security Reckoning is on the horizon, and for several key reasons.
Republicans shouldn't fear welfare reform; they should embrace it because, like tax reform, they're good at it.
President Trump made a lot of progress in 2017—a lot more than many expected. Now the question is whether his second year can top his first.
The “crowd-out effect” of CHIP would be an important lesson to remember as Congress tackles welfare reform next year.
President Trump has said he wants to tackle welfare reform soon. Doing so is a much easier task if a booming economy has employers scurrying for workers.