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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 31, 2016

The Push for Later Social Security Retirement Ignores Seniors' Financial Needs

Some want to push back Social Security's retirement date; the problem is that the large majority of seniors take Social Security benefits early—because they need the money.

May 27, 2016

Our Soldiers Face the Enemy and Then They Face the VA

Instead of the VA becoming more like the private system, thanks to Obamacare the private system is becoming more like the VA.

March 7, 2016

Bold Policy Reforms for the 2016 Election

Challenging times require bold reforms, but very few political candidates have proposed any. With this paper we try to fill that gap by identifying five reforms that would solve current problems, spur economic growth and return power and money to the states and the people.

March 7, 2016

Five Bold Policy Reforms 2016 Candidates Should Embrace

House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republican candidates are looking for bold policy reforms. IPI has responded with proposals that reduce the size and scope of government, empower people and states to make their own decisions, and keep more money in the private sector rather than the public sector.

February 5, 2016

Cut the Minimum Wage for the 1 Million Losing Food Stamps

The price of their labor is the only thing low- or no-skilled workers have to bargain with. Let the unemployed food stamp recipients work for less than the minimum wage and maybe they will be able to get a job.

February 2, 2016

Why Losing Welfare Benefits Helps Welfare Recipients

As an Oregon welfare reform pilot program demonstrated in the 1990s, when people looking for welfare benefits were told they would have to work for their benefits, about a third walked out saying if they had to work they’d find their own job. 

December 15, 2015

Can Social Security and Medicare Be Counted as Part of Seniors' Wealth?

Future Social Security and Medicare benefits can't be counted as part of seniors' wealth because they don't own those accounts.  But if seniors did own them, they wouldn't just be "counted" as wealthy, they would be wealthy.

December 8, 2015

Should Food Stamps Be Restricted to Healthy Food Products?

Maine Governor Paul LePage wants to make the food stamp program more of a safety net and less of a hammock. Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm would have agreed.

November 12, 2015

Immigrants Getting More Help Than You Realize From White House

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Immigrants coming to the United States are getting a free hand from the Obama Administration. And more of a free hand than you even realize.

November 10, 2015

The Minimum Wage and the Entitlement Mentality

Minimum wage increases, like welfare benefits, expand the entitlement mentality.


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