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2017 Discussion Archive

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disability Protection IS Part of Social Security.

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

Benjamin Veghte, Vice President for Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance

During the 2016 campaign, President Trump promised not to cut Social Security. Yet the White House’s FY 2018 Budget proposes up to $64 billion in cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) expenditures. The cuts stem mostly from measures to “test new program rules and processes and require mandatory participation by program applicants and beneficiaries,” with the objective of moving disabled beneficiaries from the SSDI program into fuller labor market participation.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Middle Way towards Public Policy

Lowell Arye
President, Aging and Disability Policy and Leadership Consulting, LLC

In a time when this nation is so deeply divided and both the left and right see visions of ghosts and demons, there is a need for clear eyed people to look deeply at what is truly happening and act to ensure that hyperbole and rhetoric do not become the way.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Individual Retirement Accounts: A Global Perspective

Elaine Fultz, International Labor Organization (Retired)

A decade ago when Congress debated President George W. Bush’s proposal for partial privatization of Social Security, U.S. pension analysts scrutinized the experience of countries that had replaced, or partially replaced, social insurance with privately managed investment accounts, seeking lessons for the United States. In the years since Congress rejected the Bush proposal, U.S. analysts have focused less on these foreign systems. Yet they continue to offer rich insights into the challenges of ensuring retirement security through individual accounts.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

William Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us recall the contributions to our nation’s vibrant social insurance infrastructure by those women who are no longer with us, but whose legacies remain strong.

Among these often unsung heroines are:

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Policy Perspectives with Founding Academy Members: Podcast with Theodore (Ted) Marmor

In the fourth of a series of podcast interviews, National Academy of Social Insurance CEO William Arnone talks with Founding Member Theodore R. Marmor about the early days of the Academy. Marmor is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management & Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Yale School of Management. Listen now.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Raising Medicare’s Eligibility Age: With and Without the ACA

Peter S. Arno, Senior Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation released a new study showing the dramatic impact of raising Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 to 67—assessing results on the rates of seniors who will be uninsured if the ACA stays in place and if it is repealed. The study was guided by the Foundation’s Task Force on America’s Health and Retirement Security, chaired by Marilyn Moon and led by Principal Investigators, Peter Arno and Carroll Estes.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Building on the Family and Medical Leave Act 24 Years On

Alexandra L. Bradley, National Academy of Social Insurance

Benjamin W. Veghte, National Academy of Social Insurance

Friday, February 3, 2017

Policy Perspectives with Founding Academy Members: Podcast with Lawrence H. Thompson

What issue did Bob Ball say we couldn’t win and therefore wanted off of the front page? Who said “every good principle can be carried too far?” Find out in the third in a series of podcast interviews, when Academy CEO William Arnone sits with Founding Member Larry Thompson. Thompson is a former U.S. government official and former Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Listen now.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What does a “post-truth” era mean for the Academy?

William J. Arnone, Chief Executive Officer, National Academy of Social Insurance

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
- Thomas Jefferson 

With much fanfare, the Oxford Dictionaries announced that the new word for 2016 was “post-truth.” The Dictionary defines “post-truth” as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

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