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What do taxpayers owe the grandparents, and what do grandparents owe the future?

The Baby Boomers are putting an extra burden on our Medicare and Social Security systems. We discuss the long-term viability of the programs, and how proposed reforms would affect your retirement.

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30 Issues Follow Up: Budget Games

Friday, September 28, 2012

Open phones for people under 40 years old:  How worried are you about Medicare and Social Security being there for you when the time comes? How would you fix it?  Call 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

Plus, Dave Rejeski, director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, explains the video game, Budget Hero, and what it illuminates about the federal budgeting process.

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30 Issues Data: Your Thoughts on Social Security and Medicare

Monday, September 24, 2012

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series, the WNYC Data News team is designing interactive visualizations, tools and graphics to illuminate the data behind the issues. Join the full conversation on Social Security and Medicare here.

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30 Issues: Getting Real On Medicare and Social Security

Monday, September 24, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The current state of Medicare and Social Security, and how they might change. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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What Ryan's Prescription on Healthcare Could Mean for New Yorkers

Monday, August 13, 2012

In choosing Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney is putting the fate of much of the American healthcare system at the top of this year's political agenda. In the New York metro area, where healthcare is a dominant industry and an expensive proposition for consumers and taxpayers, whichever policy prevails will be uniquely felt.

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What the Health Care Decision Means for the 2012 Elections

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This decision completely alters the narrative of Obama’s presidency. This legislative achievement was the policy priority where the president chose to invest his significant post-election political capital with a Democratic Congress. It wasn't Social Security. It wasn't the tax code. It wasn't immigration reform. It was health care.

And the Supreme Court has let him keep it.

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Paul Ryan's Medicare Proposal 2.0

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, analyzes the budget proposal announced by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday.

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Medicare Fixes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review and past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists, talks about how changes to Medicare are affecting doctors and patients.

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The Third Rail

Friday, July 08, 2011

Carrie Budoff Brown, staff writer for Politico, discusses the potential role of Medicare and Social Security cuts in the debt ceiling negotiations.

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A Glossary for the GOP's Medicare and Medicaid Overhaul

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Jonathan Weisman, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, explains Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan's plan, just unveiled this morning on Capitol Hill.

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