Tempting Fate: The Federal Budget Outlook

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Tempting Fate: The Federal Budget Outlook

Abstract

We present new estimates of the budget outlook, based on the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office and the Medicare and Social Security Trustee reports. The medium-term and long-term budget outlook have not changed appreciably since last year. Under reasonable assumptions, the federal government is likely to face deficits in excess of 6 percent of GDP by late in the decade, even with a strong economy, with the debt-GDP ratio reaching 87.4 percent by 2021. The long-term budget outlook is sensitive to assumptions about how health care spending will respond to recent legislation.

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