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CBO's 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook: Testimony Before the House Budget Committee

CBO’s 2011 Long-Term Budget Outlook: Statement of Douglas W. Elmendorf before the Committee on the Budget U.S. House of Representatives, June 23, 2011

  • “As the economy continues to recover and the policies adopted to counteract the recession phase out, budget deficits will probably decline markedly in the next few years. But the budget outlook, for both the coming decade and beyond, is daunting. The retirement of the baby-boom generation portends a significant and sustained increase in the share of the population receiving benefits from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Moreover, per capita spending for health care is likely to continue rising faster than spending per person on other goods and services for many years (although the magnitude of that gap is very uncertain). Without significant changes in government policy, those factors will boost federal outlays sharply relative to GDP in coming decades under any plausible assumptions about future trends in the economy, demographics, and health care costs.”
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