FISCAL BLOG

Fitch Ratings recently downgraded the U.S. long-term credit rating from its top mark of AAA to AA+.

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Unless lawmakers act, Social Security beneficiaries could soon see significant cuts in benefits.

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Healthcare in the United States is very expensive — but we don’t get what we pay for.

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Healthcare spending in the United States is rising, with serious implications for the federal budget.

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Social Security is an integral part of the nation’s fiscal picture and a vital economic lifeline for millions of recipients.

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Despite higher healthcare spending, America’s health outcomes are not any better than those in other developed countries.

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In 2021, health spending in the United States totaled $4.3 trillion and averaged nearly $13,000 per person.

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Many Americans, young and old, may be confused by the complex set of issues that comprise how the government raises revenues and allocates them.

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As the largest program in the federal budget, Social Security is a critical part of our nation’s fiscal picture and vital to millions of elderly recipients.

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When the US government reaches its debt ceiling, the Treasury can use a variety of accounting maneuvers, known as “extraordinary measures” to keep the federal government from defaulting on its debts.

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Expert Views: Fiscal Commission

We asked experts with diverse views from across the political spectrum to share their perspectives.

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.