The Future of the Safety Net: Social Insurance and Employee Benefits

The Future of the Safety Net: Social Insurance and Employee Benefits

by Sheldon Friedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0913447811

ISBN-13: 9780913447819

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Social insurance and employee benefits are key elements of society's safety net for workers. Social Security, although popular and successful, is under attack by critics who advocate privatization and benefit cuts. In health care, the United States has charted a course unique in the industrial world: 110 years after the debut of national health insurance in Europe…  See more details below

Overview

Social insurance and employee benefits are key elements of society's safety net for workers. Social Security, although popular and successful, is under attack by critics who advocate privatization and benefit cuts. In health care, the United States has charted a course unique in the industrial world: 110 years after the debut of national health insurance in Europe, the US still lacks comprehensive coverage, spends a higher proportion of its gross domestic product on medical care than any other nation, and fails to insure 44 million people. The U.S. safety net relies heavily on job-related coverage, which has imposed a major burden on collective bargaining. With competitive pressures causing many employers to cut benefits and shift costs and risks to workers, private employee benefits have been weakened just when the public safety net is being challenged. What, then, does the future hold for social insurance and employee benefits? In The Future of the Safety Net, leading experts address key aspects of this crucial question.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780913447819
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
LERA Research Volumes Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Introduction and Overview1
Chapter 2Programs without Alternative: Public Pensions in the OECD15
Chapter 3Diverting the Old-Age Crisis: International Projections of Living Standards73
Chapter 4Social Security: A True Family Value101
Chapter 5Issues in Social Security Reform119
Chapter 6The State of Private Pensions139
Chapter 7Rising Expectations: Women, Retirement Security, and Private Pensions165
Chapter 8Prospects for National Health Insurance in the United States187
Chapter 9Medicare: Past, Present, and Future201
Chapter 10Contingent Workers: Health and Pension Security225
Chapter 11Benefits for Same-Sex Partners239
About the Contributors261

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