According to a simulation run by the GAO in November 2010 "roughly 92 cents of every dollar of federal revenue will be spent on net interest costs, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid by 2020."  For the Medicare and Medicaid programs benefit cuts, premium raises and other changes appear inevitable.  Meanwhile, retirement of the baby boom generation means that according to current projections Social Security will no longer be able to pay full benefits starting 2037.  Social Security is dubbed the "third rail of American politics."  While the solvency problem can be addressed from different angles—benefits, the COLA, retirement age and payroll taxes—none of them is easy.  Free market advocates suggest introduction of personal savings accounts.    Real leadership will be required to address the entitlements situation. 

The White House-Seniors & Social Security

U.S. Social Security Administration

-Social Security History
-Actuarial Resources

U.S. Department of HHS-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

["60 Minutes" reported in 2009 that Medicare fraud totaled "about $60 billion a year."]

U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means-Subcommittee on Social Security
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

Government Accountability Office-Medicare and Medicaid
Congressional Budget Office-Social Security

"The Moment of Truth" - draft report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

The Commission, established by President Obama, was charged with developing recommendations to balance the federal budget by 2015.  It met for eight months in 2010 and at the beginning of December voted 11-7 on a draft report including proposed changes to Medicare and Social Security to save billions of dollars; however the Commission needed 14 votes to issue a final report.

ORGANIZATIONS Social Security be Privatized?

"Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format."

National Institute on Retirement Security

"NIRS seeks to encourage the development of public policies that enhance retirement security in America."

American Institute of CPAs-360 Degrees of Financial

Pension Rights Center

"the nation's only consumer organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families."

National Academy of Social Insurance

"a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy."

Retirement USA

"convened by five organizations – the AFL-CIO, the Economic Policy Institute, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the Pension Rights Center, and the Service Employees International Union – that recognize that retirement income security is a major issue of concern for current and future retirees."

Strengthen Social Security

"Social Security Works convened a group of organizations to address threats to the well-being of Social Security by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and others.  In June, 2010, this group formalized to become the Strengthen Social Security campaign."


"a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives."

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

"to protect, preserve, promote, and ensure the financial security, health, and the well being of current and future generations of maturing Americans.

The Senior Citizens League

"to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for."

AFL-CIO | Alliance for Retired Americans  | Campaign for America's Future

Generations United

"improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. "

Students for Saving Social Security

[ longer active] "a nonpartisan organization that educates and mobilizes young Americans on the coming crisis in Social Security."  Advocated "Allowing younger workers the option to save at least 4 percent of their payroll taxes in a personal account."

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

"Our mission is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America's future and to accelerate action on them."


Brookings Institution-Retirement Security Project
Cato Institute-Social Security

Center for American Progress-Retirement
Center for Economic and Policy Research-Social Security & Retirement

Economic Policy Institute-Retirement
The Century Foundation-Retirement Security

Heritage Foundation-Retirement Security

Institute for Policy Innovation-Entitlement Reform
National Center for Policy Analysis-Common Sense Retirement Policy
Urban Institute-Retirement Policy

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