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  •  Means testing via taxation (3+ / 0-)
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    greenbell, DSPS owl, Nance

    There is no need to add unnecessary, burdensome bureaucracy to means test individuals' earned benefits. Just tax the wealthy more, in a progressive fashion. Their eventual benefits returned in retirement will be a lower proportion of the amount they paid into the system (and at top incomes, preferably, they pay more than they get back, but that is how insurance works, socialized or privatized).

    •  Top FICA Limit is capped at $110,100 (0+ / 0-)

      and is progressive to that point.

      It has been raised routinely in the past and can be raised again - maybe to $150,000 or $200,000.  

      Such a limit to the FICA cap would not have to affect anything else about medicare at all, but could have a huge affect on solvency...

      The system doesn't require major overhauls, just some simple tweaks and continuous fraud management, for all the actual criminal abuse.

      ACA needs some time to prove itself.

      Much of the GOP 'bargaining' right now is to keep the ACA from getting off the ground. As well as to keep with the perennial republican 'drowning in the bathtub' approach to what they've convinced us all to call entitlement programs.

      We built them. We've earned them...

      "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." ~Soren Kierkegaard

      by Beastly Fool on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 01:05:28 PM PST

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