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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.

November 29, 2014

These Two States Cut Medicaid ... And Saved Money

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Illinois and Pennsylvania were the two case studies the IPI used to illustrate Medicaid reform.

November 18, 2014

Matthews: How Two States Cut Medicaid and Saved Money

States are struggling with the explosive growth and cost of Medicaid, and those states that have accepted Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will especially struggle when Washington stops covering the full cost in a few years. But a new publication discusses how Illinois and Pennsylvania have found ways to significantly curb Medicaid spending by redetermining enrollees’ eligibility, and other states should take note.

November 17, 2014

How Two States Cut Medicaid and Saved Money

States are looking for ways to reduce their exploding Medicaid spending. Two states, Illinois and Pennsylvania, found a way to do just that: by examining their Medicaid and welfare rolls and removing people who don't belong.

November 11, 2014

Benefit of Pensions Shown to Be Widespread

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Determining how much of the increase in health-care premiums can be attributed to the ACA is tricky, IPI reports. Increases are based on actuarial estimates which are educated guesses about factors including the estimated ratio of sick and healthy people in a particular insurance pool, the normal growth in health-care costs, and government regulations.

October 22, 2014

All Quiet, Too Quiet, In Allocation Nation

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

IPI's Merrill Matthews analyzed 2013 Census Bureau data and Affordable Care Act figures and concluded that about 52 percent of American households receive benefits from one or more government programs. These figures cut through Democratic spin and make clear that a majority of American households do not pay anywhere near their pro rata share of government spending. This has important implications for both public policy and politics.

October 10, 2014

Taxpayers' Share of Federal Debt Is Down - To One Million

Wouldn’t it be good policy, as well as good finances, that instead of every taxpayer owing $1 million, they owned $1 million—the result of a lifetime of saving their payroll taxes rather than handing them over to big-spending Uncle Sam?

September 27, 2014

Elements of a Republican Reform Agenda

Powerpoint presentation given by IPI President Tom Giovanetti to the North Texas Strategy & Victory Conference in Grapevine, Texas on September 27, 2014.

September 3, 2014

Obama's Honor-nomics

President Obama’s complete inability to pass liberal legislation that actually works—or now to pass any legislation at all—has driven him to rely on the honor system in the hope that people will do the right thing in several policy arenas.

August 5, 2014

Did Ending Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Grow the Workforce?

The Obama administration wants to continue extending unemployment benefits; Republicans stopped them and—surprise!—now more Americans are reentering the workforce.

July 30, 2014

As the Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25, Government Policies Help and Hurt

The ADA has helped improve the disableds’ access, even as recent economic policies have hurt their financial status.


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