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Summary: Reframing the Case for Fixing Social Security and Medicare

by Michelle Diggles, Ph. D and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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This is an Executive Summary of our report Reframing the Case for Fixing Social Security and Medicare.

In August 2012, Third Way and Benenson Strategy Group conducted focus groups with Democrats and Independents about Social Security and Medicare. Our analysis reveals some surprising results:

  • Voters see inaction on Social Security and Medicare as far worse than action.
  • Voters don’t want these programs reformed, they want them fixed.
  • Voters perceive significant waste, fraud, and abuse in Social Security and Medicare.
  • Voters see Social Security and Medicare as “earned benefit” programs—not “entitlements.”

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