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Uniting AmericaRestoring the Vital Center to American Democracy$
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Norton Garfinkle and Daniel Yankelovich

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108569

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108569.001.0001

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Social Security and Medicare Reform for the Twenty-First Century

Social Security and Medicare Reform for the Twenty-First Century

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(p.49) Chapter 3 Social Security and Medicare Reform for the Twenty-First Century
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Uniting America
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Will Marshall
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108569.003.0004

The graying of America is expected to cause a permanent, structural change in the country's health care system. More specifically, the increase in the number of old people will require fundamental changes in Social Security and Medicare. This chapter explores the ins and outs of Social Security and Medicare reform and argues that the future insolvency of Medicare poses a much greater threat than Social Security reform. It criticizes both Democrats and Republicans for their rigidity on the Social Security issue before proposing a practical bipartisan compromise to save the Social Security system and offering a series of innovative recommendations for fixing Medicare, such as closing the Social Security deficit, ending old-age poverty, and restraining the growth of retirement costs.

Keywords:   old people, Social Security, Medicare, reform, insolvency, Democrats, Republicans, poverty, retirement

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