This conference took a comprehensive look at the American social welfare system with a fresh examination of fundamental issued about fairness and effectiveness. Sessions explored the roles, burdens, and benefits of tax expenditures, mandates, means-tested programs, and social insurance. Presentations focused on equity measures, the special problems of small business and the role of alternative policy tools for providing adequate and affordable retirement income and health care for Americans. By juxtaposing the policy debate about retirement income and health policy, the conference offered new insights about the role of each policy tool in ensuring adequate and affordable retirement income and health care for all Americans. Conferees discussed key issues influencing the use of these social policy tools by the new Congress and Administration.
Lynn M. Etheredge
Bruce C. Vladeck
United Hospital Fund
A book of published proceedings, Social Welfare Policy at the Crossroads: Rethinking the Roles of Social Insurance, Tax Expenditures, Mandates and Means-Testing, edited by Robert B. Friedland, Lynn M. Etheredge, and Bruce C. Vladek, is available.