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2018 Discussion Archive

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, 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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