Life expectancy and the Republican candidates’ Social Security proposals

In last Thursday’s GOP debate, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie managed to avoid mentioning their common proposal to “reform entitlements” by raising the Social Security retirement age from 67 to 70. That was probably a good idea. Their proposal only demonstrates their lack of understanding about the demographics of older Americans, […]

Expanding Social Security: A Strategy to Strengthen Retirement Security for Vulnerable Populations and Future Generations

Social Security is a federal program of social insurance that helps protect and support American workers and their families by providing income benefits when a worker has retired, died, or become disabled. In 2014, beneficiaries included 42 million retirees and their dependents, 6 million survivors of deceased workers, and 11 million disabled workers and their […]

Raising Social Security’s Retirement Age Cuts Benefits for All Retirees

Some policymakers, including prominent presidential candidates, have endorsed raising Social Security’s full retirement age to improve the program’s long-term solvency.  Raising the retirement age cuts benefits for all retirees, the cuts could be deep, and they would fallhardest on lower- and middle-income Americans — who rely heavily on their hard-earned Social Security and have not […]