Originally Posted by SoCalBronco
Actually, SS/Med are the main drivers of the long term debt (esp Medicare), and that's been admitted by the President and confirmed by both left and right think tanks. There MUST be serious changes there. There's no two ways about it. This doesn't mean that this is the only change, certainly it can be supplemented by increased taxes and cuts in other areas, including defense and discretionaries, but this is the biggest issue.
That link is talking about Medicare + Medicade. I agree Medicade is a problem, mostly because unlike medicare it doesn't have a legislatively defined tax.
Of course, that's where health care reform is important to the equation.