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Unfunded Liabilities of Current Entitlement Programs

Demian Brady

The Government Accountability Office projects a total shortfall of $45.8 trillion for the federal government's entitlement programs over the next 75 years. This figure is the amount of benefits promised in excess of taxes to be paid into these funds.

Entitlement Program

Present Value of Future Expenditures in Excess of Future
Revenue (in billions of dollars)

Federal Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (Social Security)


Federal Hospital Insurance (Medicare Part A)


Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B)


Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance (Medicare Part D)


Railroad Retirement


Black Lung (Part C)


Total Present Value of Future Expenditures in Excess of Future Revenue


To meet this total shortfall, the government will need to find $612 billion a year. And this is before factoring in the future benefits promised in the brand new health entitlement that will be signed into law this week.


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