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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.

August 12, 2015

ADA and Disability


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Dr. Merrill Matthews in a recent column wonders why we are seeing such a dramatic increase in people receiving disability payments. Shouldn’t the new technologies and greater access to buildings and facilities make it possible for fewer Americans to receive payments? That is not what has happened.

July 31, 2015

Medicare Turns 50--Here's Why People Still Love It But Hate Obamacare


Unlike Obamacare, Medicare was bipartisan, targeted and an improvement. It has hit 50 largely unchanged—at least for seniors—from its original form. Obamacare is unlikely to make 10 without significant changes—if it survives at all.

July 28, 2015

Has the Americans With Disabilities Act Actually Been a Failure?


The Americans with Disabilities Act seems to have been a big success at increasing the disabled's access to workplaces, buildings and transportation. So why has the number of Americans receiving disability income grown so dramatically since the ADA passed? 

July 14, 2015

Truth-Checking Obama's Remarks to the White House Conference on Aging


President Obama spoke at the White House Conference on Aging, but what's really getting old is having to "truth-check" all of his claims.

July 6, 2015

Financial Implications Of Same-Sex Ruling For Older Couples


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Means-testing rules for Medicare could mean higher premiums for some same-sex couples on two levels, said IPI's Dr. Merrill Matthews.

June 9, 2015

HISD Summer Free Meal Program Is Underway


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

You may be surprised abuot who is eligible for the HISD free school meal program in which children up to the age of 18 can eat two meals a day for free, with no registration required. IPI's Merrill Matthews says costs might go down if enrollment was required.

June 5, 2015

Old and Broke In America


If you are an older American headed toward retirement, there’s a good chance you will be poor. We can fix the problem of old and broke in America, if it weren’t for entrenched, status quo forces.

June 2, 2015

The Alternate Plan: Texas Counties Pioneer Social Security Reform


IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

In a new publication, The Private Sector Can Reform Social Security’s Disability Program, Dr. Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, outlines how Galveston County opted out of Social Security in 1981 with Matagorda and Brazoria counties following suit in 1982. The three counties instead adopted what’s known as the “Alternate Plan.”

May 27, 2015

Let The Private Sector Reform Social Security's Disability Program


Social Security's disability program is in poor financial shape, but a new publication explains how a private sector reform, modeled after a program that's been around for nearly 35 years, would provide the disabled and survivors with better benefits while helping remove some of the strain from Social Security.

May 26, 2015

The Private Sector Can Reform Social Security's Disability Program


Social Security's disability program is in bad financial shape. A private sector reform, modeled after an program that's been around for nearly 35 years, would provide the disabled and survivors with better benefits while helping remove some of the strain from Social Security.

 

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