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2017 Discussion Archive

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

IN MEMORIAM: UWE E. REINHARDT

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

Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy and professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, passed away on Monday, Nov. 13, at the age of 80. I invite you to share your memories of Uwe by using the comment box below.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Academy Briefs Chinese Delegation on U.S. Social Insurance System

On Tuesday, November 7, the Academy hosted an educational forum for 30 members of a delegation of government officials from the Guangdong Province of China. The officials, representing various departments within the provincial government, were participants of Georgetown University’s Global Education Institute, which provides an executive program for Chinese provincial civil servants. Academy members and staff provided an overview of four key areas of the American system of social insurance.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

We asked Larry Summers for a social insurance agenda, and here’s what he suggested

On October 16, 2017, Members of the National Academy of Social Insurance, as well as other experts and supporters, gathered in Cambridge, Massachusetts to discuss our nation’s social insurance programs and how they are addressing – and could better address – the challenges posed by growing inequality.

The Academy’s Board Chair, Bill Rodgers, Professor of Public Policy and Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, sat down with Professor Larry Summers for a fireside-style chat.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

New Ideas for the Next Social Security Reform

Elliot Schreur, Research Associate, National Academy of Social Insurance

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

Last Thursday, big thinkers from around the country joined the Academy in Washington, DC to discuss how Social Security policy could respond to prevailing demographic, economic, and workforce trends. Video of the event can be accessed here. The policy options discussed were not the familiar “Lego pieces” of Social Security policy, as AARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer, Debra Whitman, put it in her closing remarks at the forum.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Considerations for Policymakers in the Design of Paid Family and Medical Leave Systems

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

Alexandra L. Bradley, Health Policy Analyst, National Academy of Social Insurance

As states work on the development of new paid family and medical leave systems, they face critical design choices with respect to system architecture, funding, and administration. With regard to system architecture, the main choices are between a social insurance approach and an employer mandate, although there are gradations between the two. In a social insurance approach, risk and resources are pooled broadly across virtually all workers in a state. In an employer mandate system, employers are required to offer insurance to their workers but can either self-insure, purchase insurance from a private carrier, or participate in a state fund, if one exists in their state.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Inequality

William J. Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance

Having recently completed my first year as the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer, I’ve reflected on my many interactions with Academy Members at our annual Membership meeting, Policy Conference, 30th Anniversary celebration, and other events that we have sponsored, as well as emails and phone conversations.

Among the questions most frequently posed to me are:

  • Why has the Academy chosen “inequality” as our overarching strategic theme and framework?
  • What does this mean for the Academy’s policy work?

Background
I first addressed this issue in a letter to the New York Times  published in February 2015.

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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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