Similarities between the 1930s and today are hard to ignore, but Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal teaches us that several developments have to coincide to generate a lasting social safety net.
Francis Townsend had a similar if less ambitious idea in the 1930s that never got through Congress but ended up making Social Security a lot more generous.
There’s a very simple way to give Medicare to all: delete six words from the legislation that created the program in 1965.
Social Security will have to dip into its trust fund to pay benefits this year for the first time since 1982. Should we be worried?
Other major laws to improve the health of Americans faced opposition, but none has faced the wrath that Obamacare has faced. Here’s a look at what’s different in the political response to Obamacare.