Archive for the ‘Social Security’ Category

Is Economics a Science? (Spoiler alert: Nope…)

August 25th, 2013

Here’s an engaging read from this AMs NYT on why economics doesn’t qualify as a science, and, more fundamentally, asking what is it good for, anyway? On the first point, you’d probably be hard pressed to find even many economists willing to defend our discipline as a science, or at least anything resembling a hard… Read more

Stewardship of Our National Treasures: CBPPs Analyses of the Medicare and Social Security Trustees’ Report

May 31st, 2013

I told you I’d link to these–my CBPP colleagues’ analyses of the Trustees reports on Soc Sec and Mcare–and here they are. Paul’s Medicare analysis echoes some of my earlier points regarding the positive impact of health reform on the Medicare’s finances, and he also pre-empts some potential silliness re claims of “bankruptcy!” The projected  insolvency… Read more

Talkin’ Budgets on the Newshour

April 11th, 2013

A rousing debate on the social insurance cuts proposed by the President.  One thing: the clock ran out as Joe Antos and I were squabbling about whether cuts to Medicare, largely on the delivery side–bundled payments, bargaining for lower drug costs, etc.–were in the President’s budget.  I  said yes, he said no.  I still say… Read more