What we don't follow is why the sum of those truths would argue for the administration and Congress simply forgetting the whole Social Security debate and turning their attention elsewhere. Dean Baker and David Rosnick of the Center for Economic and Policy Research make this argument in a recent paper comparing the relative burdens of Social Security taxes and rising health care costs: "Politicians and commentators who claim to be concerned about the living standards of future generations of workers seem to be misdirecting their energy by focusing on the comparatively minor problem of Social Security," they wrote. "Clearly the inefficiency of the U.S. health care system poses a far larger and more immediate danger to the living standards of our children and grandchildren."
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