Policy Interns

In early February, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) hosted their 25th annual policy research conference on “Medicare and Social Security in a Time of Budget Austerity.” It was a two-day event and I gladly participated in one of their several sessions on a Friday afternoon.

The session that I chose to attend was titled “No Benefits If They Won’t Pay for Them: What Young Americans are Willing to Finance.”

The panelists were Hilary Doe from Roosevelt Institute and Brian Collins from Bipartisan Policy Center. The following pressing questions were asked: “Can social insurance address the needs of increasingly diverse generations? If so, what should be done to reach out to younger Americans and engage them in charting the future of Social Security, Medicare, and other social insurance programs?”

Overall, Collins and Doe were both very optimistic about the future of social security and Medicare…

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