The Fiscal Future of Medicare and Social Security

Jun 10, 2011
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339

Event Speakers

Jason J. Fichtner

Former Senior Research Fellow

Charles Blahous

J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair

Please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a panel discussion on Capitol Hill about the Medicare and Social Security Trustees Report. 

WHEN: Friday, June 10, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339

WHO: Medicare and Social Security Public Trustees Charles Blahous and Robert Reischauer, and Former SSA Acting Deputy Commissioner and Chief Economist Jason Fichtner 

The latest annual Medicare and Social Security Trustees Reports again show America’s largest entitlement programs on paths to insolvency—albeit at an even faster pace than previously projected. Yet despite clear, increasingly dire warnings from the programs’ Trustees and Actuaries, mixed messages abound about the programs’ fiscal future.

This panel discussion will focus on the following questions:

  • What is the current fiscal status and projected fiscal outlook of Social Security and Medicare?
  • What are the stakes for current and future beneficiaries?
  • What are the fundamental drivers of each program’s fiscal problems? Is reform needed, and if so, what are the key challenges?
  • What drives the confusion about the programs’ fiscal future?

This program is open and free of charge to congressional, federal agency, and Library of Congress staff, and to the press. Lunch will be provided. Due to space constraints, this program is not open to the public. No interns, please. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Megan Gandee at 703-993-4967 or no later than June 8, 2011.