According to projections from the Congressional Budget Office, the federal entitlement programs—Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare— represent nearly 45% of federal spending and cost as much as 10% of the GDP, which, if unchanged, will grow to 16% by 2035. As Congress looks for ways to decrease the budget deficit, it is likely that these programs will face reforms and benefit cuts. Brookings experts discuss what cuts may look like, and examine the role these programs play in the growing budget deficit.
John Betar, 102, and his wife Ann, 98, are seen at their home in Fairfield, Connecticut (REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin).
An Old Story About the War On Poverty
February 12, 2014, Ron Haskins
Ron Haskins discusses the positive impacts that the War on Poverty—specifically Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid—has had on the health, life expectancy and poverty rates of the elderly.
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Henry J. Aaron
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The Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair
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