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Explaining the Continued Decline in Projected Medicare Spending

There are several reasons for the falling Medicare projections, including lower estimates for health care cost growth, lower-than-expected costs for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, and the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Strengthening Social Security Disability Insurance

Rebalancing the OASI and Disability Insurance trust funds would ensure that Social Security is able to pay all promised retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for the next nearly two decades.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Investing in Congressional Competence

Funding cuts and staff reductions over the past two decades thus not only hurt Congress’ ability to run smoothly but have also resulted in Congress’ increasing reliance on outside groups.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Clean Power Plan and a Carbon Tax Would Be Mutually Reinforcing

Policymakers should not think of a carbon tax and the Clean Power Plan as an either-or proposition.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Expanding the Successful Child and Adult Care Food Program

Because CACFP plays an outsized function by leveraging resources, Congress should make a concerted effort to make the program even stronger.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Addressing Predatory Lending Practices Through Policy and Faith

Both moral obligation and sound economic policy necessitate an end to predatory lending practices.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Centrality of Disparate Impact Analysis in the Fair Housing Act

If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Fair Housing Act does not prohibit policies with a discriminatory impact, potential renters and homeowners will lose a vital tool to ensure that they have equal access to housing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Nonmilitary Methods for Combating the Threat of Improvised Explosive Devices

The United States needs to rely on the considerable diplomatic tools available, as well as customs and law enforcement efforts, to stem the flow of IED components to militant groups.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Investing in Amtrak for Improved Rail Service

Amtrak provides critical rail service to commuters across the country, particularly the Northeast. Without additional investment, however, it will be unable to meet demand.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Eliminating LGBT Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Supporting federal laws such as the Every Child Deserves a Family Act can counter state-led efforts at discrimination—maximizing the chance that all children and youth can find loving, qualified parents and caregivers.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Widespread Implications of Turkey’s Upcoming Election

The outcome of the election—possibly the last until 2019—may determine the future of the Turkish Constitution of 1982, the position of religion in the public square, and the quality of Turkish democracy.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Making Medicare Payments More Efficient

If Medicare is going to achieve its goal of moving away from fee-for-service payments, it must focus greater attention on bundled payment models which continuing to improve its accountable care organization programs.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Merging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms into the Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI—bolstered by the agents, expertise, and resources of a subsumed ATF—should take over primary jurisdiction of federal firearms enforcement.

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Criminal Justice System’s Disproportionate Impact on People of Color

People of color, particularly African Americans and Latinos, are unfairly targeted by the police and face harsher prison sentences than their white counterparts.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Simplifying the Federal Financial Aid Application Process

Policymakers should make allow students and families to determine their eligibility for federal student aid using old tax returns, as well as notify them of their eligibility at an younger age.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015