This weekend, The New York Times (NYT) editorial board laid out an argument for why they believe Social Security’s long-term gap is relatively manageable, that any solution should come mainly on the revenue side to offset cuts already in place, and that their readers should beware of “the deficit-obsessed, anti-tax world of Washington [where] closing the shortfall in Social Security has come to mean broadly cutting benefits.”
Bipartisanship will be a crucial element when it comes to reforming Social Security and achieving other budget related reforms in the near future. In this regard, the introduction of the bipartisan Reducing Overlapping Payments Act, by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Angus King (I-ME), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is an encouraging sign and a step in the right direction for more reform of the Social Security and other parts of the budget.
CRFB's latest interactive tool "The Reformer" is a handy game that allows users to design their own Social Security plan. Users can select from a wide variety of benefit and revenue changes to make the system sustainably solvent. The tool then shows the effect on the program's finances and benefit and tax levels.
Update: The video has now been posted.
At 11 AM Eastern time, the Social Security and Medicare trustees will release their respective reports on the finances of the two programs over the next 75 years. The release will be done at a press conference with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris, and public trustees Charles Blahous and Robert Reischauer. You can watch the webcast of the press conference here.
On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees will issue their latest report, showing the finances of the two programs and their related trust funds over the next 75 years. The following Tuesday, June 4 at 8 AM Eastern time, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Mercatus Center, and Third Way will hold an event discussing the implications of the report for the future of Social Security.
Today, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing on bipartisan proposals to reform Social Security. Members of the subcommittee and the witnesses all agreed that now is the time to reform Social Security, which is currently projected to be unable to pay full benefits by 2033.
Tune in as the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security will hold a hearing on bipartisan proposals to reform Social Security benefits and their impact on beneficiaries, the budget, and the economy. CRFB's Senior Advisor and Moment of Truth Director Ed Lorenzen will testify on possible reforms to entitlement programs. CRFB board members William Hoagland and Eugene Steuerle will also be testifying tomorrow. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.