Center for Policy Innovation Lecture posted February 7, 2012
Six Key Elements of Medicare Premium Support Proposals
Abstract: “Premium support” proposals to reform the Medicare program have a long and bipartisan history. The basic idea, which would provide beneficiaries with a financial contribution to purchase Medicare coverage, has been developed and refined over more than 15 years. While versions differ in detail, they contain several core elements.
The idea of premium support…
Center for Policy Innovation Lecture posted November 22, 2011
How to Think About Medicare Reform
Abstract: With Medicare facing a bleak fiscal future, and because the program is a major factor in the enormous federal deficit and long-term debt, there needs to be structural reform. The way forward is to (1) require the program to operate under a real, long-term budget based on “premium support”; (2) add catastrophic protection; (3) convert fee-for-service Medicare…
Center for Policy Innovation Lecture posted March 8, 2011
Should the Disadvantaged Be Spared from the Budget Axe?
Abstract: If America fails to deal with its long-term fiscal problem in sensible ways that spur economic growth and strengthen the economy, the poor will ultimately take the biggest hit. Thus, any conversation about spending, program reform, and tax policy has to be seen in this context: not as an accounting measure, but as a dynamic economic issue that will have…