Social Security Reform: One More Time

Research Report

Social Security Reform: One More Time

September 25, 2005

Abstract

There has been much breast-beating lately about future entitlement spending burdens. The out-year liabilities of Social Security seem quite large$11 trillion in present-value terms. How can the nation ever deal with such major funding problems? While I have offered a specific plan in the past, most notably when I chaired one of the Social Security advisory councils ten years ago, in this paper I focus only on a broader strategy. While the present Social Security system is not by itself terribly far out of long-term actuarial balance, when combined with Medicare, the country is facing major problems in funding projected entitlement spending down the road.

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