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  • Children and the US Economy
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    Children and the U.S. Economy

    Urban Institute scholars talked about the impact of the current economic climate on children. Among the topics they addressed were the role of the federal government, entitlement reform,…

  • Fiscal State of Medicare and Social Security
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    Fiscal State of Medicare and Social Security

    Social Security and Medicare Trustees Robert Reischauer and Charles Blahous talked about the annual report on the financial solvency of the entitlement programs. They gave their…

  • US Economy and Federal Debt
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    U.S. Economy and Federal Debt

    Ben Bernanke made the keynote address at a conference on the U.S. economy and the federal debt ceiling. In his remarks he said that “failing to raise the debt ceiling in a timely way would be…

  • 2011 Medicare Trustees Report
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    2011 Medicare Trustees Report

    Panelists talked about the just-released the 2011 Medicare Trustees Report. Among the topics they addressed were the findings of the report, its implications for senior citizens and…

  • Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report
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    Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report

    The Social Security and Medicare fund trustees released their annual report on the fiscal condition of both federal programs. Trustees included Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Health and…

  • Tax Reform and Deficit Reduction
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    Tax Reform and Deficit Reduction

    Panelists talked about plans to reduce the federal debt and reform the U.S. tax code. They also talked about the compromise between President Obama and congressional Republican leaders…

  • A 21st Century Government  What Should it Be
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    A 21st Century Government - What Should it Be?

    Authors John Samples and Eugene Steuerle debated the proper size and role of the federal government. Mr. Reischauer moderated. The authors also responded to questions from members of the audience. John Samples is the…

  • Federal Budget and the National Debt Health Care Panel
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    Federal Budget and the National Debt, Health Care Panel

    Panelists spoke about health care reform legislation, the potential impact of new health care regulations on the economy, and the overall effect on the national debt.

  • Budget Reform Policy Forum Part 1
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    Budget Reform Policy Forum, Part 1

    Participants spoke about the federal budget deficit, U.S. fiscal policy, the impact of economic stimulus legislation on the economy, and financial market regulation. They also answered…

  • Economic Stimulus Debate
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    Economic Stimulus Debate

    Panelists debated the pros and cons of a second economic stimulus package. Among the issues they addressed were job creation, levels of government spending, and assistance to small…

  • Social Safety Net Services
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    Social Safety Net Services

    Panelists talked about the the state of the federal government’s domestic anti-poverty and workforce programs (social safety net services) such as food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid and…

  • Health Care Reform Strategy
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    Health Care Reform Strategy

    Panelists looked back at President Clinton’s 1993 attempt to overhaul the U.S. care system in comparison to what President Obama is trying in the present. The heads of the Congressional…

  • Future of Health Care in America
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    Future of Health Care in America

    The panels of health care policy experts and insurance company executives talked about the financing of the health care system. Topics included the Massachusetts health care system,…

  • Increasing the Minimum Wage
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    Increasing the Minimum Wage

    A panel discussion was held on the implications and effects of increasing the minimum wage. Topics included the history of the minimum wage, possible increase of unemployment, reduction of…

  • The Future of Medicare
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    The Future of Medicare

    Former Congressional Budget Office Director Reischauer (1989-95) talked about the new Medicare improvement legislation, focusing on the “donut hole” in the prescription drug coverage and…

  • The Outlook for Medicare
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    The Outlook for Medicare

    The American Enterprise Institute held a forum on “The Outlook for Medicare and Social Security.” Richard Foster, the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,…

  • The Perfect  Budget Storm
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    The Perfect Budget Storm

    The panelists talked about the federal budget. They noted that the federal deficit continued to increase, while revenues dropped due to tax cuts and spending grew due to Medicare, Social…

  • Tax Policy
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    Tax Policy

    Panelists talked about tax policy and the impact of tax policy on the 2004 election. Among the specific issues addressed were the functions of taxes, the income tax, the alternative minimum…

  • Medicare Drug Legislation
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    Medicare Drug Legislation

    The panelists talked about the status of Medicare prescription drug legislation and what the bill may look like after House and Senate conferees finish negotiating. Topics included means…

  • America After the Iraq War Part 2
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    America After the Iraq War Part 2

    Moderated by General Clark, the panelists talked about domestic issues facing the U.S. after the Iraq War. Journalists, corporate and union leaders, and economists offered their…

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