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Projections of federal healthcare spending have improved but are still climbing as a share of the economy.
While the last minute passage of a continuing resolution avoided a government shutdown, the relief may be only temporary.
CBO projects that the federal budget deficit will increase as a share of GDP for the first year since 2009.
The long-term budget outlook has deteriorated significantly since last year, when CBO projected debt would reach 111 percent of GDP in 30 years under current law.
The combined Social Security trust funds are projected to be fully depleted by 2034 — just 18 years from now.
An aging population and rising per-enrollee healthcare costs will drive sharp increases in Medicare spending, which will not keep pace with the program’s funding sources.
U.S. health care spending is highly focused on the costliest patients.
How do the House Budget and the President’s Budget differ?
Although President Obama’s budget keeps the debt from rising as a share of the economy over the next 10 years, it does not sufficiently address the key drivers of our long-term unsustainable debt.