June 15, 2005
The possibility of raising the cap on payroll taxes may
help to close the Social Security gap, but the option could
pose other problems. Business correspondent Paul Solman
examines both sides of this proposed solution.
May 25, 2005
The fastest growing age group in America is people over
85. Ray Suarez looks at what this all means with Nicholas
Eberstadt, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute,
Marc Freedman, president and CEO of Civic Ventures, and
Courtney Coile, assistant professor of economics at Wellesley
April 29, 2005
Reiterating his Social Security reform proposals first outlined
in a primetime news conference, President Bush on Friday
called on Congress to consider his proposal to allow benefits
for lower income earners to increase more quickly than for
more wealthy individuals. Experts assess the president proposal
and what it would mean for current and future retirees.
President Bush's complete April 28 news conference
April 26, 2005
As President Bush continued to stump for Social Security
changes at an event in Galveston, Texas on Tuesday, the
Senate Finance Committee opened hearings on overhauling
the retirement program, focusing on ways to address the
insolvency issue from a panel of experts. Committee Chairman
Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democrat Max Baucus,
Mont., discuss the proposals aired at their hearing.
March 23, 2005
Debating Benefits, Retirement Age
Correspondent Paul Solman of WGBH-Boston examines the debate
over changing Social Security:
I: Raising the Retirement Age
II: Changing Social Security Benefits
March 9, 2005
A trustee of the Social Security trust fund urged Congress
Wednesday to address the shortfall expected when baby boomers
retire. Gwen Ifill discusses how President Bush's Social
Security proposal is playing out in Congress with Amy Walter,
an analyst with the Cook Political Report, and Andy Kohut,
president of the Pew Research Center.
March 4, 2005
President Bush jump-started his "60 stops in 60 days" Social
Security reform campaign Friday in New Jersey and Indiana.
Media correspondent Terence Smith reports on how the Bush
administration is trying to sell its Social Security plan.
Feb. 28, 2005
It Playing Locally?
Members of Congress conducted town hall forums with their
constituents to discuss and debate President Bush's Social
Security proposal. Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW - Chicago
reports from Wisconsin while Lee Hochberg of Oregon Public
Broadcasting visits with voters from Oregon.
Feb. 25, 2005
at the Numbers
David Walker, head of the Government Accountability
Office and a former Social Security Administration trustee,
discusses some of the fiscal solvency difficulties and timelines
facing the Social Security program.
Feb. 16, 2005
Jeffrey Brown speaks with Dinesh D'Souza,
a fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Jacob Hacker, professor
of political science at Yale University, about the philosophy
behind President Bush's "ownership society."
D'Souza and Hacker answered your questions about the impetus
behind making changes to Social Security.
President Refuses to Rule Out Payroll Tax Hike
Feb. 4, 2005
President Bush traveled to five states Thursday
and Friday to promote his ideas on reshaping Social Security,
touching off a national debate over whether the 70-year-old
program should be changed.
Feb. 3, 2005
Correspondent Jeffrey Brown speaks
with Peter Orszag, senior fellow in economic studies at
the Brookings Institute, and Michael Tanner, director of
health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, about
personal accounts and other aspects of the president's proposal.
Orszag and Tanner answered your questions about President
Feb. 2, 2005
President Presses for Social Security Overhaul
of the Union: President Bush outlines his plans to revamp
Social Security and other domestic programs.
Response: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,
and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticize
the president's Social Security proposal.
Jan. 11, 2005
Two experts debate whether there is a crisis
and the political reality behind the Bush proposal.
Dec. 16, 2004
Two analysts put the Social Security
crisis in perspective and discuss possible solutions.
Dec. 11, 2001
Health correspondent Susan Dentzer and
experts assess the commission's December 2001 report.
here to view commission's report (PDF file)
Aug. 22, 2001
to the Lockbox
Paul Solman explores the Social Security