Our budget problem in two charts (and one issue)

at 04:00 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Even as someone who spends a lot of time writing about health policy, this new chart from the Bipartisan Policy Center is still one that gives me a bit of pause:

This chart shows the rise of health care as percent of GDP, compared to other programs that the government spends money on. As the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Loren Adler tweeted shortly after posting the report with this graph, “It’s the health care, stupid!”

One other interesting graph that Adler and co-author Shai Akabas include in their report looks at the role of Medicare and Medicaid in the federal budget. It’s not quite as dramatic, but does make the same point:

 
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