Listen: Economist Dean Baker on Social Security and Medicare

EOI Board Member Dean Baker

Yesterday on KUOW’s Weekday with Steve Scher, Economist (and EOI Board Member) Dean Baker debunked myths about Social Security failing, explained how current proposals to “save” Social Security would have the same effect as doing nothing, and suggested realistic ways to put our Social Security system on sound financial footing for the long term.

Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Dean was speaking on  as part of a series about the future of Social Security and Medicare. He also tackled the “cesspool” that is our current health care system, explaining why other countries have longer average life spans while paying less for their health care, and suggesting ways we could lower costs and improve care.

Dean begins at the 1:00 minute mark, and lasts about 11 minutes. Click here to listen: (MP3) or (RealAudio)

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