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By Jed Graham

This interesting ebook introduces the 1st Social safety reform thought adapted to fulfill the nation's economic demanding situations and take care of an getting older population.

• greater than 50 charts and tables element the talk over Social safeguard reform, together with the money advantages retirees might get less than a number of proposals

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9 Yet the common refrain among Democrats in recent years has been that Medicare is a much bigger problem and that addressing Social Security’s problems can wait. But it is precisely because the costs of Medicare and Medicaid threaten to overwhelm the government that Social Security reform is so urgent. While some will make the argument that we can act later to fix Social Security if efforts to rein in health care costs aren’t as successful as hoped, we can no longer afford such complacency when our federal debt burden is expected to approach dangerous levels by the end of this decade.

2 ‘‘If we don’t insulate the [Social Security] surplus, then we are at least on the verge of committing something that looks to me like a political fraud,’’ cautioned Herman B. 3 Their comments make clear that the predicament we’re in now didn’t catch anyone off guard. Washington has been worrying for two decades that the government wouldn’t really save those trillions of dollars in the trust fund that would be necessary to pay for the benefits promised to baby boomers. In 1990, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New York Democrat who had been instrumental in rescuing Social Security seven years earlier, was ready to junk the 1983 agreement.

Tax over the cap: Payroll above $106,800 will be taxed at a rate that reaches 2 percent. Taxing employer-provided health coverage: The growth of payroll-tax-exempt spending on employer-provided health benefits will be limited to the rate of GDP growth. Changes to the safety net must be made with the utmost care, and A Well-Tailored Safety Net introduces a comprehensive set of policies to lift up the floor of support for low earners and help workers adapt to less support from Social Security in the early years of eligibility.

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