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Publications by Robert D. Reischauer for Retirement Policy

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Taking Back Our Fiscal Future (Occasional Paper)
Paul Cullinan, Alison Fraser, William Galston, Julia Isaacs, Maya MacGuineas, Will Marshall, Pietro Nivola, Rudolph G. Penner, Robert D. Reischauer, C. Eugene Steuerle

The authors of this paper—longtime federal budget and policy experts—were drawn together by a deep concern about the nation's long-term fiscal outlook. Despite diverse philosophies and political leanings, they found solid common ground and agree that unsustainable deficits in the federal budget threaten the health and vigor of the American economy and the first step toward establishing budget responsibility is to reform the budget decision process so that the major drivers of escalating deficits—Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are no longer on autopilot. The paper provides specific policy recommendations and outlines the reasons action is critical.

Posted: March 31, 2008Availability: HTML | PDF

Defining Our Long-Term Fiscal Challenges (Reischauer) (Testimony)
Robert D. Reischauer

The recent fiscal situation and the intermediate-term budget outlook may appear relatively benign, Urban Institute President Robert Reischauer told the Senate Budget Committee, but deficits and debt will gradually grow to unprecedented and unsustainable levels if current tax and spending policies are not altered significantly. "The challenge we face," he said, "is determining how to balance our desire for improved health against our other priorities. We cannot have it all and ask our children and grandchildren to pick up the tab." The longer policymakers wait to act, the more wrenching the adjustments will have to be.

Posted: January 30, 2007Availability: HTML

This Isn't Such a Bitter Pill (Commentary)
Robert D. Reischauer

[Los Angeles Times] As they struggle to craft a compromise Medicare bill, members of Congress are facing an unusually contentious and politically explosive issue: Whether the time has come to charge higher-income elderly Americans more than they charge the less affluent for the benefits they receive under Medicare.

Posted: October 19, 2003Availability: HTML

When More Means Less (Commentary)
Robert D. Reischauer

[The New York Times] In its headlong rush to provide a prescription drug benefit for the elderly and disabled, Congress risks abandoning a fundamental principle that has been a hallmark of Medicare since the program's inception in 1966. That principle—universality—ensures that all Medicare beneficiaries, no matter where they live or what their financial circumstances, are eligible for the same basic benefits.

Posted: July 16, 2003Availability: HTML

Medicare Restructuring (Testimony)
Robert D. Reischauer

Urban Institute President, Robert D. Reischauer, testifies before the Senate Committee on Finance on efforts to strengthen the Medicare program so that it can better withstand demographic and cost pressures in the future.

Posted: February 24, 2000Availability: HTML


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