CBO Predicts Explosion In Entitlement Spending And More Sluggish Economic Growth

The media might be telling you that the latest Congressional Budget Office report predicts that deficits could come down to under $1 trillion per year. (As if a deficit of nearly $1 trillion a year is a good thing.) What you might not be hearing is what else the CBO is predicting, like an explosion in entitlement spending and another year of sluggish economic growth.

Within a decade, the CBO says that federal spending on Obamacare and other entitlements will gobble up 53% of the federal budget.

According to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO),  entitlements and ObamaCare spending will comprise 53 percent of all federal spending over the coming decade, totaling $24.9 trillion.

In its updated Budget and Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday, the CBO projects that Social Security will account for $11.149 trillion in spending from 2014 to 2023 while federal health care entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare, will spend $13.85 trillion. (That total includes TRICARE, CHIP, and “other” spending listed by the CBO under healthcare.)

ObamaCare’s insurance subsidies, exchange costs, and other spending are expected to cost the government $949 billion over the next 10 years. Medicare is expected cost $8.1 trillion while Medicaid is expected to cost $4.4 trillion. (Read More)

Is it any wonder that they’re also predicting that this dismal economy isn’t going to improve any time soon? They don’t see the unemployment rate dropping much in the next year, and are only predicting a miserable growth rate of only 1.4%.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in its most recent budget and economic forecast that the economy is expected to continue its sluggish pace of growth – just 1.4 percent – and unemployment is expected to remain above 7.5 percent again this year.

The CBO said that 2013 would set a record for the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.

“CBO expects that economic activity will expand slowly this year, with real GDP growing by just 1.4 percent,” the Office said in its Budget and Economic Outlook report on Tuesday. “[T]he unemployment rate is expected to remain above 7½ percent through next year; if that happens, 2014 will be the sixth consecutive year with unemployment exceeding 7½ percent of the labor force—the longest such period in the past 70 years.” (Read More)

Meanwhile, the national debt just keeps on climbing, and so does poverty in America.