social security

Medicare’s Demise is Not Imminent, But Health Care Costs are Rising Unsustainably

June 6, 2018

The trustees of the Medicare and Social Security trust funds released their annual report and the news was not good because shortfalls will come in eight years. However, it can be fixed because the main problem is uncontrolled healthcare cost increases, says CEPR’s Dean Baker

New HHS Secretary Alex Azar: The Fox Guarding the Henhouse

January 24, 2018

Appointing Alex Azar, who ran the pharmaceutical company that skyrocketed drug prices, is the wrong way to go, unless your goal is to “enrich the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of the public health,” says Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works

Trump’s HHS Nominee ‘Should be Under Criminal Investigation’

November 29, 2017

Health and Human Services nominee Alex Azar, a former president of Eli Lilly should be indicted for price gouging, not picked to oversee a department vital to the public health, says Alex Lawson of Social Security Works

Economy

August 24, 2017
Republicans continue to launch efforts to privatize and dismantle the very efficient Social Security program says economist Dean Baker

How Social Security Helps Alleviate Child Poverty

September 12, 2016

Peter Arno and Jeanette Wicks-Lim, co-authors of ‘Overlooked but Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out of Poverty’, say it’s not just the elderly who benefit from this social safety net

TRNN Town Hall

June 27, 2014
Without dealing with chronic poverty there can be no end to the violence. Moderated by Jaisal Noor

Deficit Is Falling Because Of Government Austerity, Not Economic Recovery

March 2, 2014

Economist Stephanie Kelton says there is no long-term debt or deficit problem in the United States

Reality Asserts Itself - Ralph Nader

December 20, 2013
Ralph Nader and Paul Jay discuss Ralph’s decision to stay in the Florida race and what an electoral strategy could be now

First Elected Socialist Seattle Council Member in a Century

November 18, 2013
Boeing receives almost $9 billion in state tax breaks but threatens to move some operations out of Washington due to a contract dispute.

US Federal Reserve

November 15, 2013
Economists Bill Black and Greg Palast discuss Fed Chair nominee Janet Yellen’s record, pointing to her support of the repeal of Glass-Steagall as an indication of how she’ll work with Wall Street.