Health Entitlement Spending: A Story in Six Charts

Between the fiscal cliff, sequestration, a potential government shut down and the debt ceiling, Washington is experiencing a seemingly endless succession of budgetary crises. Although health entitlement programs are often on the table in negotiations, there has been little agreement on the scope and direction of meaningful reform. The recent slowdown in health spending growth may strengthen the impulse on some fronts to delay action, but long-term projections leave little doubt that federal health spending will continue to be a major contributor to our fiscal woes.

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