A Sustainable Approach to Entitlement Reform

Oct 19, 2011Oct 20, 2011
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-339

Event Speakers

Charles Blahous

J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair

Jason J. Fichtner

Former Senior Research Fellow

This event is the last of a four-part series, "How the Debt Committee Can Significantly Improve Our Fiscal Course." Don't miss the other three events addressing fundamental budget reform, tax reform, and budget process reform.

Any credible plan to significantly improve the nation’s fiscal outlook must address the greatest drivers of future debt: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. But while the need for entitlement reform is no longer in question, policy makers are far from consensus on how, or even when, to begin.

Please join the Mercatus Center for an in-depth expert panel discussion grounded in academic literature and practical know-how on how to ensure that these programs are there for those who need them—without overwhelming the budget and economy in the process.

This discussion will focus on the following questions:

  • What is the current fiscal status and projected outlook of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security? 
  • What are the stakes for current and future beneficiaries? Current and future taxpayers? 
  • What are the fundamental drivers of each program’s fiscal problems, and what is driving confusion about the programs’ fiscal situations? When and how should reform begin? 
  • What are the possible reform plans for each program? Should we take a comprehensive or piecemeal approach?

This event is not open to the general public. Due to space constraints, please no interns without prior approval. Food will be provided. For any questions, please contact Julie Burden at jburden2@gmu.edu or 703-344-3219.