While Washington continues to battle over the budget, the forecast for entitlement spending grows more grim.
This graph by The Heritage Foundation’s lead budget analyst, Brian Riedl, shows the trajectory of entitlement spending in the US budget.
The question we should be debating is not whether or not we should reform entitlements but how. Entitlement spending continues to drive up the debt, and the problem is only getting worse.
This projection certainly has significant implications for Kentucky, particularly as the commonwealth continues to struggle with its Medicaid budget. As a joint state and federal program, the forecast for increasing federal Medicaid spending will not leave Kentucky’s program untouched.