Strengthening Social Security for the Long Run: Insights from 1983

An encore briefing -- back by popular demand -- to discuss NASI's new brief, "Strengthening Social Security for the Long Run."

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An encore briefing which discussed NASI's new brief, "Strengthening Social Security for the Long Run."

In policy discussions about the long-term financing of Social Security, reforms enacted in 1983 are often held up as a model of balanced political compromise. But that is not exactly what happened. Only the short-term reforms, aimed at getting the program safely through the 1980s, contained a mix of changes that affected Social Security contributors and beneficiaries more or less evenly. The piece Congress added to address the remaining long-term shortfall was not a compromise. It was solely a benefit cut that is still being phased in today.

The National Academy of Social Insurance is featuring a new policy brief, Strengthening Social Security for the Long Run with a fresh perspective on fixing Social Security.

Lisa Mensah, NASI Chair and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security 

Janice Gregory, NASI President and Social Security Subcommittee staff, 1983
Virginia Reno, NASI VP for Income Security and Greenspan Commission staff

Wendell Primus, Policy advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and chief economist for the Committee on Ways and Means, 1983

  • What happened in 1983?
  • Why the growing concern about the inadequacy of Social Security going forward?
  • Can we afford Social Security in the future? 
  • What do Americans say they want? How might we improve benefit adequacy at an affordable cost?
November 23rd, 2010 2:00 PM   through   3:30 PM
SR-485 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC
United States
Topics Social Security, Workforce Issues and Employee Benefits, Poverty and Income Assistance
Contact Name Elizabeth Lamme
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