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2018 Discussion Archive

Monday, October 15, 2018

Personal post-retirement risk and the future of Social Security

The following are comments by Anna Rappaport from the Academy’s forum on the Future of Social Security, held on September 5, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. Anna served as a discussant for a presentation by Henry Aaron on his proposed set of reforms to assure the long-term financial balance of Social Security.

I agree with Henry Aaron about the changes in the environment that lead to an increase in personal risk over time. And the level of personal post-retirement risk is increasing.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Uninsured and underinsured risks in this millennium

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

As the Academy gears up for our 31st annual policy conference, Regenerating Social Insurance for Millennials and the Millennium, I am thinking back to what we have learned from our last few conferences.

Our 2016 conference premiered the Academy’s focus on inequality. Keynote speaker Marc Pearson, Deputy Director of Employment, Labor and Social Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), reminded us that:

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bringing social insurance topics to your classroom with resources from the Academy

Renée M. Landers

Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, and Board Vice Chair and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, National Academy of Social Insurance

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Just the Facts?

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, nearly eight-in-ten Americans say that, when it comes to important issues facing the country, most Republican and Democratic voters not only disagree over plans and policies, but also cannot agree on basic facts.

Only 18% of Republicans and 23% of Democrats surveyed said that voters of the two parties can agree on basic facts, even if they disagree over policies and plans. Among the differences in respondents of the Pew survey, their ages were most telling. Younger Americans were less likely than older Americans to say that the two parties cannot agree on basic facts.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Future Leaders Discuss Solutions to the Social Security Financing Gap

Bethany Cole, 2018 Rashi Fein Intern in Health Policy and Griffin Murphy, 2018 Merton C. Bernstein Intern on Social Insurance

 

On Wednesday, August 1, dozens of summer interns and young professionals gathered at the 2018 Summer Social Security Academy in Washington, DC to engage in thoughtful discussion about the features and future of Social Security. Guided by actuaries from the Social Security Administration (SSA), participants explored policy options to address the adequacy of benefits and achieve long-term financial balance. For attendees, it was a brief glimpse into the frequent discussions that take place on Capitol Hill and in policy circles around the country.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Redesigning employee benefits

Nortin M Hadler
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Microbiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The American “healthcare system” has evolved piecemeal over the course of the last century. With Theodore Roosevelt’s defeat in the presidential election of 1912, the United States diverted from the European dialectic. America disavowed nearly all social legislation that addressed challenges to health, work capacity, and longevity. Only the Prussian notion of Workmen’s Compensation Insurance made landfall and was rapidly embroiled in debates relating to Constitutionality. The solution was that each state was to develop a scheme that required employers to provide medical care and income substitution for a worker who suffered an injury that arose out of and during employment.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Autopsy of a Retirement Plan

James W. Russell
Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Portland State University

https://www.aaup.org/article/autopsy-retirement-plan?link_id=11&can_id=bdbc0d306f89414980d15a11b54b4554&source=email-cultivating-our-classrooms-2&email_referrer=email_357191&email_subject=cultivating-our-classrooms#.WweH-NQvzIV

In "Autopsy of a Retirement Plan," AAUP Academe (May-June 2018), social policy analyst James W. Russell demonstrates why his defined contribution retirement plan despite having high rates of contributions and investment earnings still failed to produce adequate retirement income.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Future of Health Care Reform: Looking at the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare

On Tuesday, March 27, a seminar co-hosted by the National Academy for Social Insurance and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health drew a large, highly engaged audience of students, faculty, and local community members.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

“Safety Net?”

William Arnone, CEO, National Academy of Social Insurance

In a recent article in Governing, J.B. Wogan asks, “Is it time to stop saying ‘Safety Net?’” 

He reports that several national groups representing public agencies and non-profits that administer food, housing, and health care benefit programs have stopped using the term “safety net” to describe these programs. He notes that “(d)ropping the term safety net is part of the human services groups' broader strategy to get the public and policymakers to think of human services as investments in the community that boost the economy, reduce crime and improve public health.”

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

No Progress on Inequality - Letter to the Editor as published in the New York Times

William Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance

To the Editor:

The Unmet Promise of Equality,” by Fred Harris and Alan Curtis (Op-Ed, March 1), depicts the utter lack of progress our country has made over the last 50 years when it comes to reducing enormous disparities in income and wealth.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

EXAMINE, EDUCATE, ENGAGE - New Year Message to Academy Members

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

When I saw this cartoon by Roz Chast in a recent issue of The New Yorker, I cringed at the thought of it reading instead: “Grandpa, tell us again about Social Security!”

As a result of the end-of-year enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there is widespread belief that its likely impact on the federal budget deficit and debt will generate calls for spending reductions in Social Security, Medicare, and related programs.

In view of the 2018 Congressional elections, few believe that such proposals will be introduced any time soon. The disproportionate representation of older voters in the electorate also seems to reduce the likelihood of action affecting Social Security and Medicare before the 2020 Presidential election.

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