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Now More Than Ever, Social Security And Medicare Need Their Public Trustees

by Charles Blahous, Robert Reischauervia Roll Call (DC)
Monday, January 22, 2018

Lost in Washington’s political cacophony is the alarming erosion of the financial foundations of Social Security and Medicare. Focused on more immediate crises and reluctant to touch this “third rail” of politics, today’s lawmakers, like many before them, have avoided even discussing the inevitable painful adjustments they will be forced to make.

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Why This Social Security Budget Nightmare Must Be Resolved Now

by Charles Blahous, Robert Reischauervia CNBC
Monday, July 10, 2017

Lawmakers in Washington are consumed in bitter partisan battles over healthcare, tax, budget, and infrastructure policy, disputes that threaten to sever any remaining threads of bipartisanship. But when the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds release their 2017 reports, expected this summer, the nation will be reminded that we face an even more consequential policy challenge: How to ensure that Social Security and Medicare will be able to provide reliable support to the millions of elderly and disabled Americans who are counting on benefits.