—Make initial Social Security benefits more progressive by guaranteeing low-wage workers enough benefits to stay out of poverty, while lowering initial benefits for retirees with higher incomes.
—Require newly hired state and local workers to join Social Security. Some state and local agencies are not part of the system.
—Expand means testing for Medicare benefits so that wealthier recipients must pay more for services.
—Improve Medicare services for low-income people by better coordinating prevention and care for chronic conditions.
Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.
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