Growth in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have accounted for most of the increases in government spending since the 1960s
February 02, 2015
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Since the 1960s, most of the increases in government spending can be attributed to the growth of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The growth of spending on these entitlement programs has more than made up for reductions in defense spending since the 1960s. Looking forward, driven by rising health care costs and our aging population, entitlement programs and interest on the national debt will account for all of the growth of government spending in the next 30 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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