Commentaries by Pete du Pont first published in the Wall Street Journal

Trump’s Radical Reform of Medicare, Part I

Forbes

Donald Trump is using his executive authority far more aggressively than Obama ever did. He is not just circumventing Democrats. On health care, he is circumventing the entire GOP. Republicans in Congress, their special interest friends and think tank supporters have shown almost no enthusiasm for any of this. On the Hill, there have been no hearings. No legislation. No briefings. Not even a speech or two. In the meantime, the Trump administration is reforming the entire health care system. John Goodman and Lawrence Wedekind describe the changes in a two-part post at Forbes. More at:

John Goodman and Lawrence Wedekind, Trump’s Radial Reform of Medicare, Part I

John Goodman and Lawrence Wedekind, Trump’s Radial Reform of Medicare, Part II

Trump’s Radical Reform of Medicare, Part II

Forbes

Donald Trump is using his executive authority far more aggressively than Obama ever did. He is not just circumventing Democrats. On health care, he is circumventing the entire GOP. Republicans in Congress, their special interest friends and think tank supporters have shown almost no enthusiasm for any of this. On the Hill, there have been no hearings. No legislation. No briefings. Not even a speech or two. In the meantime, the Trump administration is reforming the entire health care system. John Goodman and Lawrence Wedekind describe the changes in a two-part post at Forbes. More at:

John Goodman and Lawrence Wedekind, Trump’s Radial Reform of Medicare, Part I

John Goodman and Lawrence Wedekind, Trump’s Radial Reform of Medicare, Part II

The $3.4 Trillion Retirees Aren’t Getting From Social Security

Bad Social Security Choices Cost the Average Elderly Household $111,000. United Income, a financial planning advisory service, just released an important study called, “The Retirement Solution Hiding In Plain Sight.” Using government data and proprietary software, it calculates how much money retirees have lost, and are losing, by making mistakes about when to start claiming Social Security benefits. United Income’s answer: a whopping $3.4 trillion or $111,000 per household! More at:

Laurence Kotlikoff, The $3.4 Trillion Retirees Aren’t Getting From Social Security

Laurence Kotlikoff, Is Social Security Being Hacked? The Wildly Incorrect Social Security Benefit Statement Mystery

Forbes

One of the nation’s leading authorities on Social Security says the system is sending out faulty information to workers, who are trying to plan for their retirement. Social Security told one worker that if he retired at age 66 he would get the monthly benefit he would actually receive only if he waited until age 70. It told him that if he retired at age 62, he would get a benefit that would actually be paid only if he waited until age 66. Kotlikoff says he has confronted the Social Security administration with the mistakes and has not received a response. More at:

Laurence Kotlikoff, Social Security is Mailing Out Incorrect Benefit Statements

Laurence Kotlikoff, Is Social Security Being Hacked? The Wildly Incorrect Social Security Benefit Statement Mystery

Social Security Is Mailing Out Incorrect Benefit Statements

Forbes

One of the nation’s leading authorities on Social Security says the system is sending out faulty information to workers, who are trying to plan for their retirement. Social Security told one worker that if he retired at age 66 he would get the monthly benefit he would actually receive only if he waited until age 70. It told him that if he retired at age 62, he would get a benefit that would actually be paid only if he waited until age 66. Kotlikoff says he has confronted the Social Security administration with the mistakes and has not received a response. More at:

Laurence Kotlikoff, Social Security is Mailing Out Incorrect Benefit Statements

Laurence Kotlikoff, Is Social Security Being Hacked? The Wildly Incorrect Social Security Benefit Statement Mystery

The Anti Science Party

Could everyone in America live above the poverty line if only employers were less greedy? Bernie Sanders thinks that. He also thinks that Medicaid, Food Stamps and other poverty programs are subsidizing corporate greed — because they make it possible for employers to pay low wages. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) calls the federal minimum wage of $2.13 an hour for people with tip income “indentured servitude.” What’s her answer? The government should force employers to be more generous. More.