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  • Obamacare and the failed 1989 Medicare law Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
    In 1988, President Ronald Reagan had grown wary of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, but his vice president, George Bush, saw political advantage in it.

    The history of federal health care is a tale of the hazards of presenting changes to consumers who might not want them. Take the 1989 Medicare law. The New York Times reports.

  • Lawmakers try to avoid getting hooked on subsidies Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 11:41 AM ET
    An enrollment sign for the Affordable Care Act at the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Republican efforts to stop Obamacare are a throwback to past efforts by former lawmakers to stop other federal entitlement programs. The New York Times reports.

  • China's one-child policy: More harm than good?  Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 5:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Eunice Yoon investigates the need for improved social safety nets, and the people who fall through the cracks.

  • Many vets lose out on Social Security dollars  Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 1:45 PM ET

    CNBC's Sue Herera reports veterans who wait to claim Social Security benefits until they are 70 will increase their benefit by 8 percent a year. And 30 percent of veterans surveyed were unaware they could claim Social Security and military retirement at the same time.

  • Your Social Security raise: $19 a month Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 8:43 AM ET

    Social Security benefits will rise only 1.5 percent next year.

  • Hands off Medicare and Social Security: Union  Friday, 18 Oct 2013 | 10:34 AM ET

    Organized labor is making it clear it opposes any idea involving social security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts. Damon Silvers of AFL-CIO, shares his opinions. "We are not going to give cover to Democrats who think it's a good idea to take away economic security to our most vulnerable citizens," he says.

  • What retirement? Most older workers don't expect it Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 11:37 AM ET
    Graphic designer Tom Sadowski, 65, who delayed his retirement, works from home in Sterling, Va.

    More workers are delaying their retirement plans and embracing the fact that retirement won't necessarily mark a complete exit from the workforce.

  • Why Social Security recipients may feel the pinch Monday, 14 Oct 2013 | 3:38 PM ET

    Social Security recipients won't get much of a raise next year. Is government underestimating how much it costs seniors to pay the bills?

  • Social Security raise to be among lowest in years Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 | 4:40 PM ET

    Millions of recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.

  • Lew: No good solution if Congress fails to act  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 9:43 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says there is no good solution or contingency plan if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.

  • Lew: Like paying entire mortgage instead of a payment  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 9:30 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew addresses the debt ceiling deniers and says this situation is like instead of making a mortgage payment, having to pay the entire mortgage.

  • Lew: Markets must keep working  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 9:06 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says we've seen stability in both the short and long term but the market remains delicate.

  • Lew: Manufactured crises unfair to Americans  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 8:46 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies that if Congress creates an artificial crisis, retirees will sustain losses on their investments that they won't be able to make it up.

  • Lew: System not designed to prioritize bills  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 8:35 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies that changing systems to only pay some of the country's bills is nearly impossible because we've always paid our bills on time.

  • Lew: President HAS and remains anxious to negotiate  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 8:35 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the President has made it clear he is looking for a balanced approach to entitlement reform and tax reform to settle fiscal matters.

  • Lew: Must prevent further damage to economy  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 8:25 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies that the only way to avoid inflicting further damage to the economy is for Congress to act to raise the debt ceiling and re-open the government.

  • Lew: 'Prioritization' of payments irresponsible  Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will testify that toying with the debt ceiling is irresponsible and that there's no way to "prioritize" the payments the government makes.

  • Obama scolds House Republicans amid fiscal deadlock Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 6:13 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

    "The idea of putting the American people's hard-earned progress at risk is the height of irresponsibility and doesn't have to happen," Obama said.

  • Which agencies shut, and which stay open? Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 11:09 AM ET
    The Peace Monument memorial stands in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences at federal agencies dealing with everything from Social Security checks to national parks.

  • Social Security overpays $1.3 billion in benefits Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | 10:35 AM ET

    An upcoming GAO report says Social Security may have overpaid billions in benefits to people who had too much income from work to qualify.