Medicare shortfall is driving federal deficit spending
Created on May 22, 2012
Revised and Updated March 22, 2013
Slide 2 | Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform
The Medicare shortfall is the difference between the money the program brings in and the money it spends on health care benefits. Even assuming that unrealistic cost-containment policies in current law are sustained, by 2040, Medicare's shortfall will account for 81 percent of the federal deficit. Addressing runaway federal deficits requires targeting Medicare.