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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Shoring Up the Unemployment Insurance System

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Joint PhD Student, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government

The unemployment insurance (UI) system has provided an essential source of support for American workers and their families. Yet the system is not without its flaws, as panelists highlighted at the “Strengthening UI” session of NASI’s 23rd annual conference. The three speakers addressed a broad range of areas where the UI system could be improved and offered proposals that ranged from the very specific to new ways of conceiving of employment arrangements.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Improving Social Security’s Benefits is Critical to Economic Recovery and Security

Alex Stone, Communications Manager, Economic Opportunity Institute

At NASI’s 2011 annual conference, the session “Should We Adopt the Social Security Recommendations of the Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs?” demonstrated the complexity of the Social Security reform debate.

Charles Blahous, a Social Security trustee, argued in favor of adopting the Fiscal Commission proposals, which he characterized as a “reasonable compromise” because it utilizes ideas from both sides of the aisle.

Andy Stern, a member of the Fiscal Commission, ultimately voted against the co-chairs’ proposal. He emphasized that while a crisis exists, it is of middle class retirement security in general – not Social Security – due to shrinking personal savings, fewer pension plans, and the erosion of family-wage jobs.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Social Insurance Programs and the President’s Budget

Virginia Reno, National Academy of Social Insurance

Lee Goldberg, National Academy of Social Insurance

Tom Bethell, Visiting Scholar, National Academy of Social Insurance

President Obama’s February 14th budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 would freeze or reduce funding for many federal programs as part of a strategy to begin reducing the federal deficit. The nation’s major social insurance programs – Social Security and Medicare – appear to have been exempt from such changes, at least for the moment.

The release of the President’s budget proposal is, of course, only the beginning of what will be a difficult and unpredictable negotiating process with a divided and contentious Congress. In the course of negotiations the pledges made this week by the President could be markedly altered, with potentially long-term consequences for the people who rely on these social insurance programs.

Social Security
Under the heading “Secure Social Security,” the President’s budget message states:

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Understanding Mortality Improvement

Anna Rappaport

At the NASI annual meeting on January 27, some comments were made about mortality improvement. They require further elaboration and correction.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

How Do We Provide Affordable Care For Millions Of People, Preserving Their Independence, Without Breaking Their Pocketbooks Or Bankrupting The Taxpayers?

Bob Rosenblatt
Senior Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance

Each summer, NASI’s Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship program selects 5-7 graduate students to spend 12 weeks receiving high-quality training in policy research skills on challenging issues facing the diverse aging population of the United States.

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