At the moment, HuffPost headlines, "WILL DEMS CAVE ON SOCIAL SECURITY?"
Pundits summarize, Democrats won't "give on entitlements" and Republicans won't increase taxes. As if it's all just a poker game and the details are of no concern!
That frame is spent. It's a loser mentality, imprecise to such a maximal degree that it's false.
Americans believe in Social Security. We want it. So say that.
If the budget needs changing change something but no voters want to reduce Social Security. And politicians will not be measured on if they "caved" or not or what accounting gimmicks are utilized in the budget but on the details. We care about the details.
Americans of both parties, in every state, in cities and in rural regions, have affirmed over and over again that Social Security and Medicare are national assets, valuable, worth paying for and treasured as money well saved and well spent. It's upon that premise that if and when adjustments are necessary to raise funding or benefits then it's the responsibility of the government, both parties, with data and recommendations from their supporting organizations - the Social Security Administration (SSA) for Social Security and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicare - to make whatever changes are required for healthy, sustainable functioning.
The economy, the population, and demographics will always change but that requires adjustments in the overall budget and other priorities, not the foundational commitments the entire nation shares.
If, as is being implied in the reporting and framing, the long term deficit trends indicate some adjustments must be made in the accounting, funding, benefits, of other budget priorities to meet legislative obligations then Congress is on point to legislate solutions. No dilution of the programs can pass unnoticed; no cuts will be acceptable. Strengthen the fiscal health of the overall budget that responsibly administers for and to the people.