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PRESIDENT'S
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I am sharing with you an advance look at my column that will be in the upcoming summer issue of the NRLN FOCUS newsletter. (You will be sent another email notice when the entire newsletter has been posted on the NRLN website.)

NRLN’s ‘Grand Bargain’ Proposal to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Officials in President Trump’s administration announced on April 26, 2017 a proposal for what they touted as “the biggest tax cut” in the history of the United States. Among the tax reforms proposed to Congress for legislation is a corporate tax rate cut from 35% to 15%, a 20% reduction.

The proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate started me working on a proposal that in the past would have been referred to as a Congressional “Grand Bargain”. An NRLN proposal to tie tax reform to a bigger plan that would preserve Social Security and Medicare was presented to key House and Senate committees and other D.C. based national advocacy organizations by Alyson Parker, NRLN Executive Director, and I during the first week of June. We are in the process of getting an appointment with Treasury Department.

There is not a way to briefly summarize the proposal in a few words. I urge you to read this entire column in order to understand the proposals importance to financially securing Social Security and Medicare. Also, read Alyson’s “A View from Washington” column to gain insight into scheduling the meetings, general reaction to the proposal and our arguments we made as to why now is the time to take action to preserve these programs for current participants and for our children and grandchildren.

Why Social Security and Medicare Are At Risk

Before I get into the specifics of the proposal, I want to shed some light on why Social Security and Medicare are at risk. The Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report data is published annually and covers both Social Security and Medicare in separate reports.

The Social Security data is published as the Old-Age Survivors and Disability Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance (OASDI). There are two trusts; the Old-Age Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust and the smaller Disability Insurance (DI) trust. The 2017 Trustees Report covers plan year 2016 and reported that OASI held $2.8 trillion in reserves at the end of 2016. There has been a surplus of funds since 1982 and a surplus is projected through 2019. However, by 2020 Social Security begins paying out more than is coming in annually from the current 6.2% of payroll tax paid by employees on up to $127,200 in earnings and the 6.2% matched by employers. By 2034, the Social Security Trust Fund reserve is expected to be completely depleted. After this point, the incoming tax revenue will only be enough to cover about three-fourths of promised benefits.

Medicare Program data is published as the Medicare Board of Trustees Report that reports on the Hospital Insurance Trust (HI) or Medicare A and the Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund (SMI) which includes Medicare B and D plans. Medicare C is a separate alternative to Part A and Part B, Medicare Advantage and is private coverage.

Medicare’s coverage for Part B, physician and outpatient costs, and Part D, prescription drugs, are funded through enrollee premiums and general government revenues, which each year are set high enough to cover costs. However, Medicare’s Part A, hospital insurance, is under financial stress. Social Security and Medicare Trustees reported in 2017 that the trust fund providing Part A revenue would be sufficient to cover its costs through 2028. At that point, payroll taxes and other revenue would only be enough to pay 87% of Part A benefits.

Speaker Ryan Still Working to Privatize Medicare

Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and his followers are working to convince the President to support privatizing Medicare, to pay insurance companies subsidies as incentives to make privatization work. This is called “Premium Support”. On two recent occasions, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that “Premium Support” would save little, if any, money compared with traditional Medicare.

Congress Has Kicked the Can Down the Road

How did we get here? Actuaries proposed the funding needed to support Social Security and Medicare over the years. They analyzed changes in birth rates, mortality rates, population growth, inflation, cost changes etc. and made a funding recommendation every year. However, actuaries have been ignored by Congress when they proposed raising payroll taxes by 0.5% or any amount back when this amount would have solved the shortfall problem. Members of Congress kicked the can down the road, ignoring funding obligation year after year because they feared a tax increase would cause them to lose elections. And thus, they dug a big swamp hole. It’s taken more than 30 years of poor congressional judgment to create the problems facing Social Security and Medicare and many of the culprits are still on Capitol Hill.

Population Over Age 65 Is Growing

The 2010 U.S. Census projected a 322 million population with 47.8 million of these to be over age 65 by 2015. It was projected that the number of Americans over age 65 will grow by 32 million, or 66%, from 2015 to 2035. In 2015, there were 80 million Baby Boomers, the generation of Americans born starting in 1943 and ending in 1965. There will be just 55 million Baby Boomers in 2035 and 9 million in 2050. Americans age 65 and over grow from 48 million in 2015 to 93 million by 2050, and to 98 million by 2060 - up over 100% from 2015. This is an inevitable American economic and social crisis!

Is the situation to preserve Social Security and Medicare insurmountable? No, not if Congress will listen to reason and pass the NRLN’s “Grand Bargain” proposal.

The 2017 actuaries’ analysis as reported in the 2017 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report says that an equivalent of 2.83% for Social Security and 0.64% for Medicare in added payroll tax starting in 2017 fills the 75-year deficit gap, it solves the problem and secures both programs to 2090 and beyond, well beyond the addition of the 50 million more over age 65.

NRLN’s ‘Grand Bargain’ Proposal

The NRLN will be using a members’ petition to President Trump and letters to Congressional leaders to try to fashion a “Grand Bargain” that would take Social Security and Medicare off the table for 75 years. I believe that U.S. corporations, unions, retiree advocate organization and all retirees (seniors) would view such a deal as a win / win for them and their successors. I think most Americans would strongly encourage Congress to make it possible to set aside obstructive politics so that legislation could be passed to enable a “Grand Bargain” -- a bi-partisan win for the U.S.

As noted above, the Medicare 75-year actuarial deficit is 0.64% and the Social Security 75-year actuarial deficit is 2.83%. Actuaries say that if the tax on taxable payroll is increased by 3.47% starting in 2017 and left in place thereafter Social Security and Medicare would be rescued from certain political annihilation and the promises made by the creators of these programs will be kept sacred.

The 2017 Trustees Report for Social Security OASI and DI shows 2016 Non-Interest Income of $869 billion. An additional 2.83% would increase income by $24.6 billion. The Medicare HI and SMI Part B 2016 Non-Interest Income was $700 billion, adding 0.64% would increase income by $4.5 billion. In total, 3.47% would raise non-interest income by $29.1 billion. The Trustees Report showed that Payroll Taxes were paid by 171 million taxpayer workers. Dividing $29.1 billion by 171 million tells us that taxpayer would pay an added $170 in 2017.

NRLN proposes negotiating a “Grand Bargain” that uses the tax reform opportunity to fix Medicare and Social Security that is simple and would accomplish the funding of the deficit gaps for both programs. Our proposal is:
-- Individuals - Increase tax by no higher than 0.5% (expect net savings after tax restructure).
-- Raise or eliminate the Taxable Maximum Earnings Limit - raise to no lower than $300,000.
-- Corporate and small businesses: Increase payroll taxes to a level that insures meeting the 3.47% deficit requirement (expect large net savings after tax restructure).
-- Declare war of the cost of health care beyond elimination of fraud, waste and misuse; Congress and Federal Agencies must implement importation of safe and lower priced prescription drugs and allow Medicare competitive bidding for drugs and all other available health care goods and services purchased.

Your Support Is Needed

We believe the payroll tax and the maximum earnings limit tools are transparent and are best understood by most Americans, an important element to consider in trust building for a Congress with a 20% approval rating.

As tax reform legislation begins to take shape in Congress, we will need to call on you, our grassroots advocates, to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill so that retirees are not forgotten in the process.

These are not normal times in America. It is time for members of Congress to recommit to keeping America’s promises to today’s retirees and future generations who will need Social Security and Medicare for their wellbeing during their retirement years.

Bill Kadereit, President
National Retiree Legislative Network

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Sign NRLN Petition to President Trump to Preserve Medicare and Social Security

Click here to sign the NRLN’s petition to President Trump to be a part of the NRLN’s effort to stop the privatization of Medicare through Speaker Paul Ryan’s “premium support” plan and help advocate the NRLN’s plan to ensure the funding of Medicare and Social Security for the next 75 years.


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The National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) board created the American Retiree Education Foundation (AREF) in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible, nonprofit education foundation to expand the research and educational reach of the NRLN and to enable NRLN to sharpen its focus as an organization lobbying for the passage of federal legislation and regulations that benefit retirees.

The AREF is always seeking ways to increase its funding through individual tax-deductible contributions, grants from public and private foundations, individual tax-deductible bequests and non-traditional ways. AREF funds pay for a number of tasks previously paid for by the NRLN. For example, the updating this month of the white paper on Protecting Pension Assets which is used to educate members of Congress on the need for legislation to prevent pension plan sponsors from using plan assets for non-pension expenses. Access the white paper here.

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IN THE NEWS...

The articles and opinion pieces below are for information and are not necessarily a reflection of the NRLN’s position on issues. The NRLN is nonpartisan and its positions on retirement issues are presented in its Legislative Agenda and white papers that can be accessed from the Legislative Agenda tab.

Opinion: The Medicare drug benefit doesn’t need federal fixing
From Mary R. Grealy; The Hill ~ Aug 16, 2017

GOP chairman: Tax reform could increase deficit
By Niv Elis; The Hill ~ Aug 16, 2017

Trump to make ObamaCare payments to insurers for August
By Rachel Roubein ; The Hill ~ Aug 16, 2017

Health Insurer Coverage Denials Could Be Rallying Point for Bipartisan Reform
From Doug Schoen; Forbes ~ Aug 16, 2017

Many not aware of Social Security survivor benefits
By Elliot Raphaelson; Chicago Tribune ~ Aug 16, 2017

How The Lives Of Seniors In The U.S. Match Up Against The Rest Of The World
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Aug 16, 2017

The Biggest Estate Planning Mistake People Make
From Brad Wiewel, NA; Forbes ~ Aug 16, 2017

Social Security: It’s All Part of the Plan
By Brenton Smith, FedSmith – Aug 15, 2017

CBO: ObamaCare premiums could rise 20 percent if Trump ends payments
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Aug 15, 2017

GOP Efforts To Repeal-And-Replace Obamacare Resurface
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 15, 2017

You could lose the ability to manage your finances and not know it
From Danielle Howard; MarketWatch ~ Aug 15, 2017

It’s the Economy, Democrats, but Inequality Is Not the Issue
By Eduardo Porter; The New York Times ~ Aug 15, 2017

Social Security's 82nd anniversary — why doesn't this agency still have an adequate budget?
From Max Richtman; The Hill ~ Aug 14, 2017

FDA: Potential contamination in multiple drugs, dietary supplements
By Amy Wallace; United Press International ~ Aug 14, 2017

Trump Administration Grants Insurers 3 Extra Weeks To Calculate 2018 Rate Requests
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 14, 2017

New life for Medicaid after GOP's health care debacle
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Aug 14, 2017

High anxiety for insurers on ObamaCare deadline
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Aug 13, 2017

How the Trump administration is spending millions to shore up Obamacare
By Rachana Pradhan; Politico ~ Aug 13, 2017

Graham says GOP in trouble if Obama's health care law stands
The Associated Press ~ Aug 13, 2017

Democrats see ObamaCare leverage in spending fights
By Mike Lillis; The Hill ~ Aug 13, 2017

Doctors Coming Around To Single-Payer Healthcare
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Aug 13, 2017

Opinion: How the GOP is quietly sabotaging retirement for millions
By Diane Oakley, CNBC – Aug 11m 2017

Trump: 'Unacceptable' McConnell, Senate GOP unable to pass health care bill
By Cristiano Lima, Politico – Aug 11, 2017

Medicare Scare Tactics
Lori Robertson, Fact Check – Aug 11, 2017

Here's How Social Security Generated $957 Billion in Income in 2016
By Sean Williams, Madison.com – Aug 12, 2017

Democrats Push Medicare Expansion Because Obamacare Has Failed
From Merrill Matthews; Forbes ~ Aug 11, 2017

Employers Forecast Health Care Costs Per Employee To Exceed $14,000 Next Year
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Aug 11, 2017

Gingrich Slams Trump: ‘I Disagree With This Entire Strategy’
By Matt Shuham ; Talking Points Memo ~ Aug 11, 2017

House conservatives want fresh health care repeal vote
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Aug 11, 2017

Conservative chairman in talks about ObamaCare stabilization deal
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Aug 11, 2017

Americans: Stop Trying To Undermine The Health Law And Start Fixing It
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 11, 2017

Partisan Path for Tax Reform by Senate Republicans Faces Hurdles
By Anna Gronewold; Morning Consult ~ Aug 11, 2017

If the GOP whiffed on healthcare, expect the same on tax reform
From Chris Markowski; The Hill ~ Aug 10, 2017

Study says Trump moves trigger health premium jumps for 2018
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Aug 10, 2017

Trump to GOP: Get Obamacare repeal bill done
By Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Aug 10, 2017

Scam targets Medicare users to divulge Social Security numbers
By Patti Singer; Democrat & Chronicle ~ Aug 10, 2017

SSA Gave $1.3 Million in Benefits to Criminals
By Elizabeth Harrington; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Aug 10, 2017

How Alexa's best skill could be as a home health-care assistant
By Bertha Coombs; CNBC ~ Aug 09, 2017

Powell: How women can improve their retirement income literacy
By Robert Powell; USA TODAY ~ Aug 09, 2017

How the Health Care Industry Has Been Giving to Congress
FEC reports show millions of dollars spent already this year

By Sean McMinn & Ryan Kelly; Roll Call ~ Aug 09, 2017

Trump pushes back on McConnell's assertion he has ‘excessive expectations’ for Congress
By Nolan D. Mccaskill; Politico ~ Aug 09, 2017

John McCain says he believes Congress can still tackle healthcare
By Kimberly Leonard; The Washington Examiner ~ Aug 09, 2017

Those With Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Won’t See Outrageous Spikes, But Costs Will Rise
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 09, 2017

When Does It Make Sense To Work With A Financial Advisor?
From Joel Johnson; Forbes ~ Aug 09, 2017

Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren't benefiting
From Charles Ornstein, & Katie Thomas; United Press International ~ Aug 09, 2017

How To Foil The Latest Social Security Scam
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Aug 09, 2017

Medicare cannot afford a reckless USPS bailout
From Ross Marchand; The Hill ~ Aug 09, 2017

Health Care: A Universal Problem Without A Universal Solution
From Rebecca Keller; Forbes ~ Aug 08, 2017

The Health 202: Trump administration won't answer questions about Obamacare enrollment
By Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Aug 08, 2017

Report: Healthcare failure costs Senate Republicans $2M in donations
By Josh Delk; The Hill ~ Aug 08, 2017

Report: Healthcare failure costs Senate Republicans $2M in donations
By Josh Delk; The Hill ~ Aug 08, 2017

Trump must tackle the financial issues of Main Street Americans
From Bailey Childers; The Hill ~ Aug 08, 2017

2 Senators Question Effects of a Reverse Mortgage Proposal
By Matthew Goldstein; The New York Times ~ Aug 08, 2017

Obamacare repeal failure gives Republicans a tax headache
By Joseph Lawler; The Washington Examiner ~ Aug 07, 2017

Opinion: Medicare Advantage Spends Less on Care, So Why Is It Costing So Much?
By Austin Frakt; The New York Times ~ Aug 07, 2017

GOP health failure offers lessons for next steps for reform
From Robert Greenstein; The Hill ~ Aug 07, 2017

Why One Insurer’s Collapse Could Whack Insurers, Policyholders Across the Country
By Chad Terhune; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 07, 2017

GOP Leans Toward Funding Obamacare Subsidies, With A Catch
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Aug 07, 2017

ObamaCare is a success—at sucking vast sums of money from the private sector
From Linda Gorman; The Hill ~ Aug 07, 2017

Senate Republicans Nod at Bipartisan Push for Insurer Payments
By Ben Brody; Bloomberg ~ Aug 06, 2017

Sen. Ron Johnson: Put healthcare reform on back burner and focus on other legislative issues
By Todd Shepherd; The Washington Examiner ~ Aug 06, 2017

Undertaker or caretaker? Trump's shifting health law role
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Aug 06, 2017

The first Affordable Care Act enrollment season of the Trump era is still a mystery
By Amy Goldstein & Paige Winfield Cunningham; The Washington Post ~ Aug 06, 2017

The 2 Scariest Social Security Charts
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Aug 06, 2017

Congress must prove its mettle this fall; it has no choice
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Aug 05, 2017

GOP efforts to stabilize Obamacare markets might come too late
By Paul Demko; Politico ~ Aug 04, 2017

Republicans attack Democrats on government-run healthcare after Obamacare repeal failure
By David M. Drucker; The Washington Examiner ~ Aug 05, 2017

When Brokers Want to Move Your Money Out of a Very Good Thing
By Ron Lieber; The New York Times ~ Aug 04, 2017

4 Annuity Rules You Should Know by Heart
By Maurie Backman; The Motley Fool ~ Aug 05, 2017

Bernie Sanders’ Drug Price Bill Would Save Billions, Congressional Analysts Say
By David Sirota and Alex Kotch, International Business News – Jul 31, 2017

Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli is convicted of fraud

Obama’s IRS ‘misled’ Obamacare customers: Audit
By Stephen Dinan; The Washington Times ~ Aug 03, 2017

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Allowing Medicare Buy-In At 55
By Daniel Marans; The Huffington Post ~ Aug 04, 2017

A Short-Term Bailout Of Obamacare? Only If Accompanied By Real Long-Term Reforms
By Avik Roy; Forbes ~ Aug 04, 2017

With Congress stalled on healthcare reform and voters unhappy with both parties, state action heats up
By Gienna Shaw; FierceHealthcare ~ Aug 04, 2017

Under Trump, Hospitals Face Same Penalties Embraced By Obama
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 03, 2017

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile
By Laurie Kellman & Joyce M. Rosenberg; The Associated Press ~ Aug 04, 2017

Senate approves 'right-to-try' drug bill
By Sarah Karlin-Smith; Politico ~ Aug 03, 2017

August recess doesn't mean playtime — focus on healthcare
From Rory E. Riley-Topping; The Hill ~ Aug 03, 2017

Analysis: Health Care Failure to Haunt Republicans Over Recess
Lawmakers call relationship with White House a ‘work in progress’

By Joseph Williams; Roll Call ~ Aug 03, 2017

Dems suddenly scrambling to come up with ObamaCare fix
By Brooke Singman; Fox News ~ Aug 02, 2017

Health Insurers in Idaho Request Premium Rate Hikes As High As 81%
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Aug 03, 2017

Molina Healthcare pulling out of two states, raising premiums 55% in remaining states
By John Sexton; Hot Air ~ Aug 02, 2017

Americans Keep Crushing It With Their 401(k)s
By Suzanne Woolley; Bloomberg ~ Aug 03, 2017

With 401(k) accounts booming, what should investors do?
By Stan Choe; The Associated Press ~ Aug 03, 2017

PBGC: Single-employer program expected to reach a surplus by 2022
By Meaghan Kilroy; Pensions & Investments ~ Aug 03, 2017

Republicans in Congress Bypass Trump to Shore Up Health Law
By Robert Pear & Thomas Kaplan; The New York Times ~ Aug 02, 2017

Thanks To McCain, No One Is Blaming McConnell For Health Care Failure
By Phillip Stucky; The Daily Caller ~ Aug 02, 2017

Senators To Hold Bipartisan Hearings To Try To Protect Insurer Subsidies Threatened By Trump
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Aug 02, 2017

Opinion: U.S. spends much more on health care than other developed nations
By Alicia H. Munnell; MarketWatch ~ Aug 02, 2017

Health Care Failure Takes a Political Toll on Trump, GOP Lawmakers
By Cameron Easley; Morning Consult ~ Aug 02, 2017

Hospitals are hurting because people are going to the doctor less
By Emma Court; MarketWatch ~ Aug 02, 2017

Federal Judge OKs A Class Action Lawsuit Over Medicare Observation Appeals
From Howard Gleckman; Forbes ~ Aug 02, 2017

McConnell leaves door open for second try on healthcare
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Aug 01, 2017

Mitch McConnell: Republicans will go it alone on tax reform
By Susan Ferrechio; The Washington Examiner ~ Aug 01, 2017

Would Trump violate the Constitution by making Obamacare fail?
By Aaron Blake; The Washington Post ~ Aug 01, 2017

With Obamacare repeal stalled, Senate panel to focus on stabilizing insurance market
By Nicole Gaudiano & Eliza Collins; USA TODAY ~ Aug 01, 2017

Republican Lawmakers Warn Trump Not To Sabotage Obamacare
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Aug 01, 2017

Senate Dems spell out conditions on bipartisan tax reform
By Andrew Taylor; The Associated Press ~ Aug 01, 2017

Exclusive: Senate Too Divided to Keep Up Healthcare Push-Senator Hatch
By REUTERS ; The New York Times ~ Jul 31, 2017

White House aide hopes to see tax reform done by November
By Naomi Jagoda; The Hill ~ Jul 31, 2017

GOP's base not ready to give up fight against 'Obamacare'
By Steve Peoples & Thomas Beaumont; The Associated Press ~ Jul 31, 2017

After Obamacare Repeal Collapse, GOP Weighs Whether To Help State Markets
By Cameron Joseph; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 31, 2017

The future of health care is anyone's guess
By Lauren Fox & MJ Lee; CNN ~ Jul 31, 2017

6 Ways To Prepare To Find Part-Time Work In Retirement
From Nancy Collamer, NA; Forbes ~ Jul 31, 2017

Seniors beware: New con targets Social Security checks
By Kathy Kristof; CBS News ~ Jul 31, 2017

Trump May Do These Two Things To Hasten Obamacare’s Collapse
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 31, 2017

Mulvaney: Trump Wants Senate To Vote On O’Care Repeal Before Anything Else
By Esme Cribb; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 30, 2017

Health Chief Says No Decision on Continuing Obamacare Subsidies
By Saleha Mohsin; Bloomberg ~ Jul 30, 2017

Insurers Brace For Trump's Wrath After Collapse Of Obamacare Repeal
From Bruce Japsen; Forbes ~ Jul 30, 2017

Trump tells Republicans to get back on healthcare bill
By Susan Cornwell; Reuters ~ Jul 30, 2017

OPINION | What FDR could have told Trump about ObamaCare
From H.W. Brands; The Hill ~ Jul 30, 2017

Obama's health care law still needs some patchwork
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Jul 29, 2017

Trump taunts Senate GOP: 'Demand' repeal vote unless you're 'total quitters'
By Rebecca Morin; Politico ~ Jul 29, 2017

Trump Hints at Killing Subsidy That Gives Health Care to Poor
By Saleha Mohsin; Bloomberg ~ Jul 29, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Defeat Staves Off Cuts to Preventive Health Program
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ Jul 28, 2017

RNC: When Democrats celebrate the failure of ObamaCare repeal they celebrate Americans’ suffering
By “Allahpundit”; Hot Air ~ Jul 29, 2017

Exclusive: Majority of Americans want Congress to move on from healthcare reform - Reuters/Ipsos poll
By Chris Kahn & Michael Erman; Reuters ~ Jul 29, 2017

The House is on summer break. But the debt ceiling looms
By Jeanne Sahadi; CNNMoney ~ Jul 28, 2017

Higher prices, fewer options lurk after health bill collapse
By Tom Murphy; The Associated Press ~ Jul 28, 2017

White House Pushes ‘Implode’ Plan Amid Talk of Bipartisan Health Bill
By John T. Bennett & Niels Lesniewski; Roll Call ~ Jul 28, 2017

Bipartisan health group efforts suddenly springing up
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jul 28, 2017

McCain urges 'a fresh start' on healthcare reform
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jul 28, 2017

Mark Meadows: New healthcare bill is coming 'that can get to 51'
By Susan Ferrechio; The Washington Examiner ~ Jul 28, 2017

Obamacare: The social program with 9 lives
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 28, 2017

RPT-UPDATE 1-Hundreds of U.S. counties at risk for no Obamacare insurer in 2018
By Caroline Humer; Reuters ~ Jul 28, 2017

Trump administration ends low-income retirement savings plan
By Paul Davidson; USA TODAY ~ Jul 28, 2017

Americans are spending more money after they retire
By Katie Lobosco; CNNMoney ~ Jul 28, 2017

Will Your Retirement Be At The Center Of America's Next Financial Crisis?
From Carrie McCabe; Forbes ~ Jul 28, 2017

Trump and Congress Reach Deal on Principles of Tax Overhaul
By Alan Rappeport; The New York Times ~ Jul 27, 2017

Health care debate: Senate vote-a-rama and the 'skinny bill'
By MJ Lee, Lauren Fox, Ted Barrett & Phil Mattingly; CNN ~ Jul 27, 2017

Republicans try to bait Democrats on single-payer vote
By Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Jul 27, 2017

House members warned recess could be delayed over healthcare
By Cristina Marcos; The Hill ~ Jul 27, 2017

Senate plans vote on 'skinny' healthcare bill in marathon session

IRS Continues To Hire Employees With Performance Problems
By Chuck Ross ; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 27, 2017

Protect 'Mr. and Mrs. 401(k)': Make companies report stock buybacks
From J.G. Collins, ; The Hill ~ Jul 27, 2017

Senate GOP’s Trumpcare Bill Fails Spectacularly With New Defections
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 26, 2017

Trump says America has 'the highest taxes in the world'—here's how the US actually compares
By Ester Bloom; CNBC ~ Jul 26, 2017

New FDA commissioner wants to lower drug prices by increasing competition
By Dr. Marc Siegel & Tamara Gitt; Fox News ~ Jul 26, 2017

GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'
By Erica Werner & Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jul 26, 2017

Column: Yes, we can lower sky-high drug prices — other countries have done it
From David Lazarus; Los Angeles Times ~ Jul 25, 2017

Senate narrowly votes to proceed on healthcare, with boost from McCain
By Susan Cornwell & Yasmeen Abutaleb; Reuters ~ Jul 25, 2017

Who Knew Senate Health Bill Debate Could Be So Complicated?
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 25, 2017

Dems, take lessons from the worst of the GOP health plans to improve ACA
From Richard Kirsch; The Hill ~ Jul 25, 2017

Dems turn up heat on GOP ahead of key Obamacare vote
By Elana Schor; Politico ~ Jul 25, 2017

Poll: Voters oppose straight Obamacare repeal
By Steven Shepard; Politico ~ Jul 25, 2017

The Hidden Costs In Medicare Advantage Plans
From Danielle Kunkle; Forbes ~ Jul 25, 2017

Americans: Getting By, But Not Getting Ahead
From Richard Eisenberg, NA ; Forbes ~ Jul 25, 2017

Follow The Money: Drugmakers Deploy Political Cash As Prices And Anger Mount
By Jay Hancock, Elizabeth Lucas & Sydney Lupkin; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 24, 2017

Senate GOP gets new pressure from Trump on health care
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jul 24, 2017

How tax reform could change your 401(k) tax break
By Jeanne Sahadi ; CNNMoney ~ Jul 24, 2017

Democrats roll out 'Better Deal,' new economic agenda
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jul 24, 2017

You’re No Coward if You’re Keeping Some Money Out of Stocks
By Carl Richards; The New York Times ~ Jul 24, 2017

How Obamacare’s Marketplaces Are Shaping Up for 2018
By Hannah Recht, Bloomberg - Jul 21, 2017

Thune: Senate won’t give up on Obamacare repeal if bill fails this week
By Brianna Ehley; Politico ~ Jul 23, 2017

Republican strategy on healthcare bill in flux ahead of vote
By Amanda Becker; Reuters ~ Jul 23, 2017

5 reasons why health care bill would fail, 3 why it may not
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jul 23, 2017

3 Ways You Can Lose Your Social Security Benefits
By Dan Caplinger; The Motley Fool ~ Jul 23, 2017

S&P 500’s Biggest Pension Plans Face $382 Billion Funding Gap
By Brandon Kochkodin and Laurie Meisler, Bloomberg - Jul 20, 2017

Trump urges people to call senators on healthcare
By Julia Manchester; The Hill ~ Jul 22, 2017

Cruz: Tax reform chances ‘drop significantly’ if healthcare fails
By Max Greenwood; The Hill ~ Jul 22, 2017

U.S. Senate rule deals setback to Republican healthcare bill
By Toni Clarke; Reuters ~ Jul 22, 2017

McConnell's last-ditch Obamacare strategy
By Jennifer Haberkorn & Seung Min Kim; Politico ~ Jul 22, 2017

Mixed signals from Trump White House on health care strategy
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Ken Thomas; The Associated Press ~ Jul 22, 2017

Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan
By Peter Sullivan; The Hill ~ Jul 21, 2017

GOP Congressman: Make Members of Congress Live Under Obamacare
By Susan Jones; Cybercast News Service ~ Jul 21, 2017

Doctors' group tells Senate to fix, not repeal 'Obamacare'
By Carla K. Johnson; The Associated Press ~ Jul 21, 2017

Health groups ramp up lobbying spending amid repeal fight
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jul 21, 2017

Former CBO directors hit back at GOP criticism of agency
By Adam Cancryn; Politico ~ Jul 21, 2017

Hackers Had Access to Millions of Social Security Numbers
From Associated Press; US News & World Report ~ Jul 21, 2017

CBO: 22M would lose insurance by 2026 under revised Senate bill
By Andrew V. Pestano; United Press International ~ Jul 20, 2017

Night Of The Living Dead: Senators Work To Revive Zombie Trumpcare Bill Late Into Evening
From KHN Morning Briefing; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 20, 2017

Rand Paul opens door to backing healthcare bill on key hurdle
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jul 20, 2017

Confusion reigns in Senate on healthcare
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Jul 20, 2017

UnitedHealth Group Predicts 50% Of Seniors Will Choose Medicare Advantage
From Bruce Japsen ; Forbes ~ Jul 20, 2017

AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Laurie Kellman; The Associated Press ~ Jul 20, 2017

There’s a New Social Security Scam Going Around. Here’s How to Avoid It
By Lisa Marie Segarra; Fortune ~ Jul 20, 2017

Opinion: How to Fix Social Security
By Suzanne Woolley; Bloomberg ~ Jul 20, 2017

American retirees unhappy as U.S. takes another dip in retirement security
By Jade Scipioni; Fox Business ~ Jul 20, 2017

Commentary: Social Security: Worry more about size of bomb than length of fuse
By Brenton Smith, Orlando Sentinel – Jul 20, 2017

Trump’s Health Care Bluff Has Been Called. Now What?
By Rob Garver; The Fiscal Times ~ Jul 19, 2017

Repealing Obamacare alone would leave 32 million more uninsured: CBO
By Yasmeen Abutaleb & Richard Cowan; Reuters ~ Jul 19, 2017

How Trump Is Trying To Save Obamacare Repeal
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 19, 2017

McConnell's ObamaCare repeal would hurt millions, and you could be among those hurt
From Ken Jacobs; The Hill ~ Jul 19, 2017

AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it
By Emily Swanson & Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 19, 2017

Obamacare Exchanges In Limbo
By Chad Terhune & Julie Appleby; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 19, 2017

Americans’ Retirement Benefits Have Been Slashed
By Ben Steverman; Bloomberg ~ Jul 19, 2017

Retirement: What to do if your defined benefit pension plan is frozen

The US falls in a global retirement security ranking
By Suzanne Woolley, Bloomberg – Jul 19, 2017

OPINION A bipartisan deal on Obamacare is a pipe dream
By W. James Antle III; The Washington Examiner ~ Jul 19, 2017

Analysis: GOP Failure To Replace The Health Law Was Years In The Making
By Julie Rovner; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 18, 2017

New Medicare card scam; warn your parents
By David P. Willis; Daily Record ~ Jul 18, 2017

What's next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop
By Stephen Ohlemacher; The Associated Press ~ Jul 18, 2017

BREAKING: Trump, McConnell, Pence Call For Full, Clean Obamacare Repeal
By Christopher Bedford; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 18, 2017

Most Americans don't trust their financial advisers. Should they?
By Maurie Backman, TMF; USA TODAY ~ Jul 18, 2017

House GOP unveils budget plan that attaches major spending cuts to coming tax overhaul bill
By Mike DeBonis, Washington Post – Jul 18, 2017

Trump Vows Revenge After Push to Repeal Affordable Care Act Fails
By Thomas Kaplan, New York Times – Jul 18, 2017

Regulators aim to close loopholes that lead to higher drug prices
By Alex Kacik; Modern Healthcare ~ Jul 18, 2017

Retirement Dread Is Replacing the American Dream
By Suzanne Woolley; Bloomberg ~ Jul 18, 2017

Health care vote delay gives foes, supporters more time
By Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jul 17, 2017

Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell
By Carla K. Johnson; The Associated Press ~ Jul 17, 2017

Liberal groups vow to send health care obstruction efforts into ‘hyperdrive’
By Tom Howell Jr.; The Washington Times ~ Jul 17, 2017

What Will They Do Now? O’care Repeal Bill Gives Moderates Nowhere To Hide
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 17, 2017

IRS Awards Obamacare Premium Tax Credits Without Verifying Citizenship or Lawfully Present Status
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jul 17, 2017

Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund Depleted by 2029
By Thomas Beaton; Health Payer Intelligence ~ Jul 17, 2017

Big Pharma Spends on Share Buybacks, but R&D? Not So Much
By Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times – Jul 14, 2017

Rand Paul Tells Trump Not To ‘Oversell’ Health Care Bill
By Juliegrace Brufke; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 16, 2017

Senate delays healthcare vote as McCain recovers from surgery
By David Morgan; Reuters ~ Jul 16, 2017

CBO not expected to release analysis of revised Senate healthcare bill Monday
By Melissa Quinn; The Washington Examiner ~ Jul 16, 2017

Eight to 10 Republicans have concerns on healthcare bill: Collins
By Lucia Mutikani; Reuters ~ Jul 16, 2017

Meet Obamacare repeal’s top salesman Sen. John Cornyn faces his toughest task yet as the GOP’s whip.
By Seung Min Kim & Burgess Everett; Politico ~ Jul 16, 2017

Republicans should apply lessons of healthcare debacle to tax reform
From Thomas Binion; The Hill ~ Jul 16, 2017

One more Republican defection would doom Senate healthcare bill
By Susan Cornwell & David Alexander; Reuters ~ Jul 15, 2017

Price, Verma try to quell governors' anxiety over Senate bill's coverage losses
By Rachana Pradhan; Politico ~ Jul 15, 2017

U.S. health insurers want Cruz proposal dropped from Senate bill
By Eric Beech; Reuters ~ Jul 15, 2017

Trump's no 'dying in the streets' pledge faces reality check
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 15, 2017

Social Security’s Deficits Still Rising According to 2017 Trustees Report
By Brenton Smith, FedSmith – Jul 14, 2017

Trump: Congress is 'very, very close' to 'ending this healthcare nightmare'
By Anna Giaritelli; The Washington Examiner ~ Jul 14, 2017

Winners and losers complicate GOP's path on health care bill
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 14, 2017

A high-wire act: Paying off debt with retirement money
By Jeanne Lee, NW; USA TODAY ~ Jul 14, 2017

Majority of Americans oppose Trump tax plan
By Brian Faler; Politico ~ Jul 14, 2017

What's inside the Senate Republican health care bill
By Tami Luhby; CNNMoney ~ Jul 14, 2017

What the Senate's 3.8% surtax means for American taxpayers
By Laura Saunders, DJN; Fox Business ~ Jul 14, 2017

Another Year, Another Decline in Social Security's Financial Health
From Andrew Biggs; Forbes ~ Jul 14, 2017

Opinion: The healthcare bill that benefits no one
By Julian Zelizer; CNN ~ Jul 13, 2017

Health Care Compromise: Not Likely!
From Steven Rattner; The New York Times ~ Jul 13, 2017

Getting medicines to patients faster is a political win for both parties
From Former Rep. Ron Klink (D-Pa.), ; The Hill ~ Jul 13, 2017

Hospital abuse of drug discount program leaves seniors in the lurch
From Thair Phillips; The Hill ~ Jul 13, 2017

Simple Ways For Seniors And Their Adult Children To Avoid Financial Abuse And Fraud
From Robin Seaton Jefferson; Forbes ~ Jul 13, 2017

Column: How Republican reform would weaken Medicare
From Mark Miller; Reuters ~ Jul 13, 2017

New Senate GOP health care bill teeters on the brink
By Erica Werner & Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jul 13, 2017

Medicare’s Financial Outlook Slightly Improved, Trustees Say
By Phil Galewitz; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 13, 2017

Trustees project biggest Social Security increase in years
By Stephen Ohlemacher, AP; The Washington Post ~ Jul 13, 2017

Ten House Democrats propose plan to fix ObamaCare
By Jessie Hellmann; The Hill ~ Jul 12, 2017

Trump: I’ll be ‘very angry’ if Senate doesn’t pass ObamaCare repeal bill
By Lisa Hagen; The Hill ~ Jul 12, 2017

Republicans get key win on Senate rules for health bill
By Robert King; The Washington Examiner ~ Jul 12, 2017

McConnell’s health gambit ripples in Kentucky
By Rachel Roubein; The Hill ~ Jul 12, 2017

FACT CHECK: Pelosi Claims Obamacare Responsible For Slower Health Care Cost Growth
By David Sivak; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 12, 2017

Senate consumer choice idea could raise premiums for sick
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar; The Associated Press ~ Jul 12, 2017

Your Credit Score Soon Will Get A Buffer From Medical-Debt Wrecks
By Michelle Andrews; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 11, 2017

Poll: Republican Voters Want GOP to Keep Working on Obamacare Repeal
By Joe Crowe; Newsmax ~ Jul 12, 2017

Report: Medicaid Reduces Health Care Access and Recipients May Receive Worse Quality Care
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jul 12, 2017

Trump’s proposals could hike taxes for nearly a quarter of the middle class
By Max Ehrenfreund; The Washington Post ~ Jul 12, 2017

Social Security reform grinds to a halt on Capitol Hill after Trump’s pledge not to touch it
By S.A. Miller; The Washington Times ~ Jul 11, 2017

Drugmakers’ Money-Back Guarantees: an Answer to Rising Prices or a ‘Carnival Game’
By Charles Ornstein, PP & Katie Thomas, NYT; Pro Publica ~ Jul 10, 2017

GOP Senate leader says he'll unveil new health bill Thursday
By Alan Fram & Erica Werner; The Associated Press ~ Jul 11, 2017

GOP Drops Tax Cuts for Big Earners in Revised Health Bill, Sources Say
By Laura Litvan & Steven T. Dennis; Bloomberg ~ Jul 11, 2017

Analysis: GOP confronts no-win situation on health care
By Erica Werner; The Associated Press ~ Jul 11, 2017

Senate to delay recess
By Jordain Carney; The Hill ~ Jul 11, 2017

Congress's Other Health-Care Problem Awaits Action on ACA
By Anna Edney; Bloomberg ~ Jul 101, 2017

If your Social Security benefit is smaller than expected, here's why

Social Security Needs More Independent Oversight
By Brenton Smith, FedSmith – July 10, 2017

Opinion: Here Are 4 Better Options Than the GOP Health Care Bills
From Christine Eibner; Fortune ~ Jul 10, 2017

Insurance Filings For Obamacare Plans Down 38 Percent In 2018
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 10, 2017

RNC head: Cancel August recess to work on ObamaCare repeal
By Mallory Shelbourne; The Hill ~ Jul 10, 2017

GOP senators hope for revised healthcare bill by end of week
By Allen Cone; United Press International ~ Jul 10, 2017

GOP health care divisions multiply as Trump pressures Senate
By Erica Werner & Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jul 10, 2017

Trump prods Congress to pass stalled healthcare overhaul
By Susan Cornwell & Ian Simpson; Reuters ~ Jul 10, 2017

Opinion: A quandary Congress and Social Security must tackle
From Jim Allsup; The Hill ~ Jul 10, 2017

How GOP could make health care deal with Democrats
From Julian Zelizer; CNN ~ Jul 09, 2017

Ted Cruz: Senate is making progress on health care reform and ‘failure is not an option’
By Tom Howell Jr.; The Washington Times ~ Jul 09, 2017

GOP senator: If I have to be that one person to kill healthcare bill, I will
By Olivia Beavers; The Hill ~ Jul 09, 2017

Senate Recess May Have Doomed Obamacare Repeal Altogether
By Robert Donachie; The Daily Caller ~ Jul 09, 2017

GOP governors to party's senators: Do no harm to health care
By Alison Noon & Bill Barrow; The Associated Press ~ Jul 09, 2017

John McCain Says Republican Healthcare Bill ‘Probably Going to Be Dead’
From Reuters; Fortune ~ Jul 09, 2017

Conservative warns McConnell to not give up on ObamaCare repeal
By Alexander Bolton; The Hill ~ Jul 07, 2017

GOP Senator: Cruz Proposal May Gut Pre-Existing Conditions Protections
By Tierney Sneed; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 07, 2017

GOP leader says he'll rework health bill, but offers Plan B
By Bruce Schreiner & Alan Fram; The Associated Press ~ Jul 07, 2017

McConnell assures White House he’s not changing strategy on ObamaCare repeal: report
By Josh Delk; The Hill ~ Jul 08, 2017

Medicaid cut in GOP health bill worries the nursing home set
By Terry Spencer; The Associated Press ~ Jul 08, 2017

Time away from Washington deepens GOP misgivings about health plan
By Jennifer Haberkorn; Politico ~ Jul 07, 2017

Pete the Planner: Financial rules will help you keep your life on track
From Peter Dunn; USA TODAY ~ Jul 08, 2017

McConnell to GOP: We’re fixing ObamaCare exchanges if you can’t agree on repeal
By Ed Morrissey; Hot Air ~ Jul 07, 2017

Health Care Bill Should Serve Those Who Need It Most
From Sharad Lakhanpal & Ann M. Palmer; Morning Consult ~ Jul 07, 2017

Insurance pays little for caregiving of elderly at end of life
By Ronnie Cohen; Reuters ~ Jul 07, 2017

Tumor gene testing urged to tell if drug targets your cancer
By Lauran Neergaard; The Associated Press ~ Jul 06, 2017

Ted Cruz's proposal gains support from conservatives, but some GOP senators balk
By Leslie Small; FierceHealthcare ~ Jul 06, 2017

McCain Warns Against Repealing Obamacare Without Replacement
By Caitlin MacNeal; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 06, 2017

Plurality of Voters Want Congress to Prioritize Medicare Reform
By Jon Reid; Morning Consult ~ Jul 06, 2017

Half The Time, Nursing Homes Scrutinized On Safety By Medicare Are Still Treacherous
By Jordan Rau; Kaiser Health News ~ Jul 06, 2017

Reports of a retirement crisis are off the mark: Think tank
From Mark Henricks; CNBC ~ Jul 05, 2017

Opinion - Wanted: Bipartisan Tax Reform
From David Williams; Morning Consult ~ Jul 06, 2017

4 money problems that didn't exist 50 years ago (and how to fix them)
By Wendy Connick, TMF; CNNMoney ~ Jul 06, 2017

Obamacare Program Awarded Hospitals Thousands in Bonuses Even If They Had Low-Quality Scores
By Ali Meyer; The Washington Free Beacon ~ Jul 05, 2017

RNC to Democrats: Where's your plan to fix Obamacare?
By Melissa Quinn; The Washington Examiner ~ Jul 05, 2017

As Seniors Get Sicker, They're More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans
By Fred Schulte; NPR ~ Jul 05, 2017

Opinion: Social Security is the biggest challenge facing us
By Jeff Reeves; MarketWatch ~ Jul 05, 2017

5 Myths About Social Security Often Accepted as Facts
By Brenton Smith, Newsmax – July 5, 2017

Five changes GOP might make to healthcare bill
By Nathaniel Weixel; The Hill ~ Jul 04, 2017

Opinion: s'Single-Payer' Healthcare Isn't Necessary -- But Single Pricing Is
From Dan Munro; Forbes ~ Jul 04, 2017

GOP Senators Are Trying To Work The Refs As Obamacare Repeal Bill Stalls
By Alice Ollstein; Talking Points Memo ~ Jul 034, 2017

Congress Moves to Stop I.R.S. From Enforcing Health Law Mandate
By Robert Pear; The New York Times ~ Jul 03, 2017

Heartburn drugs tied to increased risk of early death, study says
By Susan Scutti; CNN ~ Jul 03, 2017

Latest CBO report reaffirms nation's spending problem
From Jack Salmon; The Hill ~ Jul 04, 2017

Opinion: Senator Cruz's Healthcare Reform Proposal Creates A Monster "Income Cliff"
From Seth Chandler; Forbes ~ Jul 03, 2017

Dem sen: I hope parties can 'work together' on healthcare
By Rebecca Savransky; The Hill ~ Jul 03, 2017

Websites that let you compare prescription drug prices
By Amy Davis; KPRC ~ Jul 03, 2017

Scam Alert: How To Avoid Caregiver Financial Abuse
From John Wasik; Forbes ~ Jul 03, 2017

Why grandma and grandpa’s golden years include debt
From Matt Fellowes; The Hill ~ Jul 03, 2017

Caution: Government diet advice may be hazardous to your health
From Edward Archer & Michael L. Marlow; The Hill ~ Jul 03, 2017

Republicans can’t agree on where Senate Obamacare repeal stands
By Sarah Karlin-Smith; Politico ~ Jul 02, 2017

Sanders: 'Medicare for All' proposal coming after ObamaCare debate
By Mallory Shelbourne; The Hill ~ Jul 02, 2017

GOP senator predicts 'fiscal crisis' without changes to Medicaid
By Olivia Beavers; The Hill ~ Jul 02, 2017

Social Security Has $2.85 Trillion in Asset Reserves, but It'll Be Gone in 17 Years
By Sean Williams; The Motley Fool ~ Jul 02, 2017

White House says fully committed to draft Senate healthcare bill
By Roberta Rampton; Reuters ~ Jul 01, 2017

Senate asks for CBO score on Cruz’s healthcare proposal
By Max Greenwood; The Hill ~ Jul 01, 2017

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