Social insurance programs are funded by taxpayer dollars, but administered in a number of ways, often through a federal/state partnership.

Are Americans ready for an in-depth discussion of social insurance systems and how to improve them? At a time of deep partisan divisions and ongoing economic uncertainty, such policy discussions may seem academic to some Americans, but a new report from the Brookings Institution and The Hamilton Project (THP) says that the pandemic's end and the ongoing debate on big new social spending initiatives should prompt a re-examination the nation's approach to these programs.

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