America's Aging Population: The Real Barrier To Capping Federal Spending

07/22/2011 02:52 pm ET | Updated Sep 21, 2011
  • Ronald Brownstein National Journal

With their vote this week to impose strict limits on future federal spending, House Republicans continued an argument not so much with Democrats as with demography. The real current they are seeking to reverse is not some ideological drive from President Obama to convert America into Sweden; it’s the inexorably rising cost of providing retirement security, especially health care, to an aging society.

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