Social Security
  • 7 Ways to Fix America’s Fiscal Mess

    Tackling the $22 trillion national debt can be done in very different ways. Underscoring that point, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on increasing...

  • Social Security Error Jeopardizes Medicare Coverage For 250,000 Seniors

    By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News

    At least a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries may receive bills for as many as five months of premiums they thought they already paid. But they shouldn’t toss the letter in the garbage. It’s...

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    What Do Maine and Florida Have in Common? Lots of Social Security Recipients

    By Michael Rainey

    More than 17% of Maine residents received Social Security retiree benefits in 2018, Bloomberg’s Marie Patino reports , the highest proportion in the country. Other states with a high percentage of...

  • Dem Economists Push Back Against Debt Worries

    By Michael Rainey

    Just how worried should we be about the rapidly rising national debt? Last week we told you about a budget watchdog group’s effort to raise the alarm over “debt denialism” that has taken hold in some...

  • 3 New Plans to Fix Social Security

    By Michael Rainey

    According to the annual trustees’ report released Monday , the combined trust funds for Social Security, currently valued at $2.9 trillion, will be exhausted by 2035 (see the chart from CQ Roll Call...

  • ‘Things Are So Much Worse’ – but Does Anyone Care About the Deficit?

    As we told you yesterday , the Congressional Budget Office estimated this week that the deficit for the first 11 months of fiscal 2018 totaled $895 billion, or $222 billion more than it was over the...

  • Social Security’s Troubling Trend

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Unequal gains in life expectancy over the last half-century between Americans with greater earnings and education and those of lower socioeconomic status mean that the benefits of Social Security are...

  • U.S. Social Security card designs over the past several decades

    Trump Says He Made Social Security, Medicare Stronger. Fact-Checker Says False.

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    President Trump said this week that "Democrats want to destroy Medicare. If you look at what they’re doing, they’re going to destroy Medicare. And we will save it. We will keep it going. We’re making...

  • Happy Birthday, Social Security!

    By Michael Rainey

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law 83 years ago today, August 14, 1935. Here are some key facts about the program, courtesy of the Center on Budget and Policy...

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    The Deficit Is Up 20% This Year

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The federal deficit was 20 percent larger in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2018 than it was during the same time last year, the Congressional Budget Office announced Wednesday. Revenues rose 1...

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