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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 21, 2019

Don't Cut the Payroll Tax, Unless...

A temporary cut in payroll taxes creates a unique opportunity to implement one of our favorite pro-growth policy ideas—personal retirement accounts.

July 22, 2019

Don't Let Budget Talks Threaten Medicare Part D

Overhauling Medicare’s Part D drug benefit would be a colossal — and costly — mistake.

July 2, 2019

Democrats Would Resolve the Question of Whether Illegal Immigrants Burden Society

Immigrants may currently be a net asset to the economy, but under the Democratic presidential candidates' proposals they will surely be a net cost.

June 26, 2019

Sanders, Other Dems Want to Make College Free

“There’s just not enough money for them to pay for this. Bernie is probably on the low side in his estimates,” Merrill Matthews stated.

June 25, 2019

Louisiana Lawmakers Seek to Crack Down on Medicaid Fraud after Audit Shows Enrollment Abuse

Louisiana lawmakers are pushing forward several bills in response to an audit of the state’s Medicaid program which resulted in the removal of 30,000 people from rolls because they earned too much money. Merrill Matthews says Louisiana is doing the right thing by trying to clean up its Medicaid rolls, starting with audits.

May 23, 2019

New Book Presents Solutions for Financially Insolvent Entitlement Programs

The authors of On the Edge skillfully unravel the mess our political leaders have gotten the nation into over almost 100 years, providing straightforward explanations and direct, simple solutions to the nation’s entitlements crisis.

April 23, 2019

Lessons for Democrats from the Social Security Trustees' Report

The most recent report from the Social Security trustees has four lessons for policymakers. Will Democratic presidential candidates learn them?

April 22, 2019

Trustees Report Shows Grim Future for Social Security, Medicare

The release of the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report has grim but unsurprising news. A new book, “On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff,” shows how the U.S. can move away from the crumbling patchwork of unsustainable government programs and easily address funding for healthcare, welfare, and retirement in a way that is financially sustainable long-term.

April 1, 2019

Coalition Letter In Opposition to A New Payroll Tax and Paid Leave Entitlement Program

In this letter to Congress, IPI joins with other free market organizations voicing opposition to a new payroll tax and new paid leave entitlement program. 

March 27, 2019

"On the Edge: America Faces the Entitlements Cliff" Kindle Edition Now Available

As the widening U.S. budget deficit shatters records, in part due to increased Social Security spending and interest payments on the national debt, a new book available today through Amazon’s Kindle store says Congress must address the cost of the nation’s exploding entitlements and walk America back from the fiscal cliff.

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