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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Open Letter to the Long Term Care Commission

John Cutler
Senior Policy Analyst, US Office of Personnel Management, The views expressed are my own and not in any official capacity

Bruce Chernof, Chair
Mark Warshawsky Co-Chair

September 2013

Dear Bruce and Mark and Members of the Commission:

Congratulations on an outstanding job in a short amount of time.  I’m one of those people who think it will work out well in the end since I’m not sure more time would allow you to solve the political difficulties of getting to consensus in the current environment.  Only when Congress views it as necessary to “own” this issue will there be substantial movement even though many things can be done by the Administration on its own if shown the way.

Having said that, there are many ideas you can throw out to them to hopefully get some small efforts moving forward.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Time to Get Moving on a White House Conference on Aging

Anne Montgomery, National Academy of Social Insurance and the Altarum Institute

There’s a reason why the nation has convened a White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) once a decade, and it’s this:  Historically, these seminal events – which involve thousands of people feeding in ideas from communities across the country – have spurred creative consensus at a national level about how apparently intractable current challenges can be practically approached, even as strategies for making promising opportunities a reality over time are also mapped out.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Putting a Human Face on Disability Insurance

Elisa Walker, National Academy of Social Insurance

All too often, inside-the-Beltway policy debates focus on dollars and deficits rather than on the millions of real people and real lives that are affected. That’s why it was refreshing to read Michael Hiltzik’s April 2 Los Angeles Times column (“Does Congress have the heart to avert disability crisis?”), which included several stories from real people who rely on Social Security disability insurance.

One of the people quoted in that article was Kira Fisher:

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

We Are a Rich Country: The False Dichotomy of Caring for the Old Versus Burdening the Young

Hannah Weinberger-Divack

Many characterize the debate over the future of social insurance as a clash between the old and the young or the brown and the gray.  Such divisions are short-sighted, however, because the debate over Social Security and Medicare is really a conversation about collective future.  NASI’s 25th annual policy research conference captured the essence of the ongoing struggle for change.  The opening and closing keynotes of the conference clearly captured the dilemma Americans face: we agree that it is time for action, but what action?

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Immigration: A Solution for Social Security Insolvency?

Madhulika Vulimiri

“As a result of globalization, labor markets are no longer defined by our borders.” When Lisa Lynch of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management made this statement in the opening keynote of the National Academy of Social Insurance’s 25thannual policy conference,  Medicare and Social Security in a Time of Budget Austerity, she was alluding to the increasing role that immigration plays both in our workforce and in our shifting policies around education, healthcare, and Social Security. I was interested to see what the distinguished speakers would say about the politically-charged role of immigration on Social Security, particularly in a time of budget austerity.

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