6/4 Event: "Challenges Facing Social Security"

On Friday, the Social Security and Medicare Trustees will issue their latest report, showing the finances of the two programs and their related trust funds over the next 75 years. The following Tuesday, June 4 at 8 AM Eastern time, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Mercatus Center, and Third Way will hold an event discussing the implications of the report for the future of Social Security. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC.

The action will kick off at 8 with a preview of CRFB's interactive tool "The Reformer" which will give users the ability to make their own Social Security reform plan and show the effect on revenue, outlays, and the trust fund. Then, Social Security trustee and Mercatus Center research fellow Charles Blahous will "decode" the latest Trustees' report. Blahous will join a panel moderated by CNNMoney writer Jeanne Sahadi for a discussion including Jim Kessler of Third Way, Virginia Reno of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and Nick Troiano of The Can Kicks Back.

Given the names involved, the event should be a lively and informative discussion about the future of Social Security and how the latest Trustees' report has changed that outlook.

You can read more information about the event here and RSVP for it here.


8:00 a.m. Breakfast and "Reformer" Interactive Tool Preview

8:30 a.m. Decoding the 2013 Trustees Report
Charles Blahous, Social Security Public Trustee; Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

9:00 a.m. Panel: What's Next for Social Security?

  • Charles Blahous, Social Security Public Trustee; Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
  • Jim Kessler, Senior Vice President for Policy, Third Way
  • Virginia Reno, Vice President for Income Security, National Academy for Social Insurance
  • Nick Troiano, Co-founder, The Can Kicks Back
  • Moderator: Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney

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