social-security

Liberals didn’t kill Obama’s Social Security cuts. Republicans did.

Liberals think they killed Obama's proposal to trim Social Security benefits in the future. Actually, Republicans did.

Elizabeth Warren wants to spend more on Social Security. But she’s not thinking big enough!

Warren's tweak isn't a good one. But using Social Security to deal with the looming retirement crisis is overdue.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 19, 2013

How Social Security redistributes money from minorities to whites

A new paper looks at why it's so difficult to figure out how progressive the Social Security program is.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 7, 2013

The IRS and Medicare will now recognize same-sex marriages. All of them.

The IRS and Medicare have announced they don't care if a married couple lives in a state that recognizes that marriage. If the marriage is real, it's good enough for them.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013

Should grandma still get her checks in the mail? The paper lobby thinks so.

The printing and paper industry is trying to make sure you always get your government in hard copy.

Keeping undocumented immigrants off the dole is easier said than done

Orrin Hatch and Marco Rubio have three amendments that could decide the fate of immigration reform (no pressure).

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 18, 2013

The only game you need to understand Social Security

Whether you want to cut benefits or boost them, raise taxes or cut them, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget's game has it all.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 2, 2013

Senior poverty is much worse than you think

The official poverty measure says 9 percent of seniors are in poverty. But an arguably superior metric puts it considerably higher.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 20, 2013

Meet CPI-E, the progressive alternative to chained CPI

It used to be that developing a new inflation measure for Social Security would boost benefits. That's no longer true.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 19, 2013

Why comparing budgets is so maddeningly tough

On the one hand, doing budget math is just solving arithmetic problems. On the other hand, the arithmetic problems were designed by a sadistic madman.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 11, 2013

Here’s what chained-CPI really means: Up to $849 less for someone who retired in 2001

If we had adopted chained CPI at the turn of the century, then a 2001 retiree would be getting $869 less in 2013.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 11, 2013

Chained CPI is back. Here’s what you need to know.

Obama's budget will likely adopt chained CPI for Social Security and tax increases. Back in December, we explained what that means.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 9, 2013

Washington thinks entitlements are the problem. Maybe they’re the answer.

Washington spends most of its time fretting over the problems Social Security and Medicare could cause for the budget. But two new reports underscore the problems they might solve for the country.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Apr 5, 2013

The case for expanding Social Security, not cutting it

New America Foundation is proposing a big new expansion of Social Security, instead of the usual ideas for cuts. Why? The existing retirement system is broken.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 3, 2013

Five ways to reform Social Security Disability Insurance

NPR has brought attention to potential problems with the nation's most important safety net for the disabled. How can they be fixed?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 29, 2013

Yes, raising the retirement age would be bad for the poor. No, that doesn’t mean it’s unfair.

Just because the affluent live longer doesn't mean we can't raise the age for Social Security and Medicare eligibility.

Have seniors really paid for Medicare and Social Security?

"So essentially, you are in favor of genocide of seniors," wrote one reader in response to my column on the best reason to worry about the deficit. "I was correct in my assessment of you."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 18, 2013

Americans want to raise payroll taxes and Social Security benefits

Americans want to fix Social Security through tax hikes, not benefit cuts, a new, rigorously conducted survey finds.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 31, 2013

The trick Washington is using to cut Social Security and Medicare

Politicians who are unwilling or unable to offer a persuasive political or policy rationale for cutting Social Security benefits are instead hiding behind a technocratic rationale. We're not "cutting benefits," we're "correcting our inflation measure."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 18, 2012

Three cuts to Social Security that are way, way more progressive than chained CPI

It looks like the fiscal cliff deal will cut Social Security benefits by moving to "chained-CPI." The problem with that cut? It's very regressive. Here are three ways to save money in Social Security that would reduce the deficit by more than chained-CPI, and hurt the poor less.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 18, 2012
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