Entitlement Lifespans Get the Axe

The credit crunch has hastened the predicted demise of Social Security and Medicare. The Obama administration admitted yesterday that they now expect Medicare to run out of money in 2017, two years sooner than the Bush administration predicted in 2008. Social Security’s imminent insolvency was bumped up four years, to 2037. That’s all under the assumption, naturally, that the economy will recover by the end of 2009.

Even those already sucking the government teat got a dose of bad news. Social Security trustees now predict, for the first time in over 30 years, that recipients will not receive any cost of living increase next year, or in 2011.

In just seven years (2016), the Social Security trust will enter deficit. Eight years at the current pace and Medicare will be totally wiped out. When do you think we’ll start worrying about it… 2015? What a mess.

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