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Reframing the Case for Fixing Social Security and Medicare

by Michelle Diggles, Ph. D and Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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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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