"The really worrisome (federal) deficit is the $42 trillion mismatch we face when you add up all the government's promises to the retirees of the future, and hold them up against its expected revenues for the next 75 years. ... Contrary to popular myth, Social Security isn't nearly contributing to this imbalance so much as are Medicare and Medicaid, whose costs are driven upward not just by more old people but by healthcare inflation. And contrary to myth, there is no real hope of `fixing' the government healthcare programs without fixing the problems in the broader healthcare system."
-Marie Cocco, Newsday