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    Breaking Health Care Research: Pursuing a Different Path in Health Reform

    After one year, Obamacare remains just as unpopular as ever. The fight for repeal has gained ground in both Congress and the states. But repeal is only the first step in setting a new agenda on health care. In her recently released paper, Heritage expert Nina Owcharenko explains the four … More

    White House Shirks Responsibility to Address Medicare Insolvency

    If lawmakers are serious about tackling out-of-control government spending, they have no choice but to tackle entitlements. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are the three largest entitlement programs and together represent 40.2 percent of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget. For the sake of comparison, total spending on national … More

    The Case for Entitlement Reform: Taxpayer Contributions Fall Dangerously Short of Received Benefits

    Medicare and Social Security are important retirement security programs for millions of Americans. But they are ticking time bombs with trillions in future unfunded obligations that will bankrupt America if they are not changed. Though awareness of this critical situation continues to grow, Americans remain reluctant to support reform, understandably … More

    Breaking Health Care Research: A New Way Forward in Medicare Reform

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will impact every corner of the health care system, especially Medicare. Unfortunately, the new law speeds the program’s travel in the wrong direction by building upon existing problems and creating new ones. There’s a better way to restore Medicare, as Heritage’s … More

    Social Security Shortfall Is Real and Best Addressed Now

    Both liberals and conservatives agree that Social Security’s coming fiscal problems need to be addressed soon or they will only grow worse. A recent analysis for the Pew Charitable Trusts by Charles Blahous, one of the two public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, and Robert Greenstein, … More

    Obamacare Is Not Entitlement Reform

    The United States faces financial collapse due to out-of-control government spending, and entitlement programs have a lot to do with it. Washington has promised more than it could ever possibly deliver. Medicare in particular puts the government on the hook for $38 trillion in long-term unfunded liabilities, and reform to … More

    Federal Bailouts of Medicaid Encourage the Unsustainable Status Quo

    In the past few months, the Senate has made several attempts to extend the Medicaid bailout included in the stimulus package. States share the cost of Medicaid with the federal government, and because of the influx of new beneficiaries due to increased job loss, the federal government increased the portion … More

    Rep. Paul Ryan Walks the Walk on Fiscal Reform

    Lawmakers in Washington are quick to talk the talk of fiscal reform these days. Solutions to the nation’s abysmal financial outlook are at the tip of everyone’s tongue, and even Democrats have conceded that maybe conservatives were right when pointing out that the United States doesn’t have a tax problem … More

    The Time is Now for Social Security Reform

    Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Social Security Policy Options report, which highlights some of the proposals made by policymakers and legislators to restore the Social Security program to long-term sustainability. Social Security, which provides living assistance to retired workers and those with disabilities, is in need of … More

    Osama bin Laden Wants to Cut Wasteful Spending?

    Yesterday, the House voted down a provision introduced by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) to cut a 2009 welfare expansion program. The introduction of this spending cut was a part of a new program by Cantor’s office called “You Cut”. The programs offers a website where Americans can go … More