Unfunded liabilities: The cost of our aging population outweighs National Debt?


WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 – As the baby boom generation ages, it sends the United States hurling toward the greatest financial meltdown the world has ever seen. 

While Americans focus on the horrendous national debt, they are missing the fact that the problem with our unfunded liabilities is far more calamitous. As bad as the debt is, it is less than one-tenth the size of America’s unfunded liabilities. 

Unfunded liabilities include things like pensions, Medicare and Social Security.

The left has an idea to mitigate the damage. It is called centrally planned healthcare, or Obamacare 2.0.

They already talk about denying anything but palliative care to people over a certain age. Usually that age is around 70. At that point, most people have left the work force and in the eyes of statists, they no longer contribute to society by working. Instead, they are simply a drain on society’s resources.

Nearly half an average person’s lifetime medical costs are incurred in old age, with a third of them in the last year of life. One percent of the population accounts for 30 percent of healthcare spending, and half of those people are elderly. By denying people life-saving medical care beyond a certain age, we would greatly cut down on medical costs. Medicare would be more solvent if we simply let old people die.

Likewise, the death of elderly people ends their demands on Social Security and other federal, state and local government pensions.

The total value of unfunded liabilities in the U.S. is hard to pin down, but even the smallest estimates are enormous. The National Center for Policy Analysis puts them at $84 trillion; Forbes reports a figure of $127 trillion. The unfunded liabilities of Medicare alone are estimated at $43 trillion.

States and cities face equally huge liabilities. Cincinnati’s unfunded pension liabilities are over $800 million, while the state of Illinois has over $100 billion in unfunded liabilities. Using even very conservative estimates, the states have a $4.1 trillion gap between assets and liabilities.

There are no easy solutions to this problem. Some cities, like Detroit, have opted for bankruptcy, but that does not relieve them of the entire burden. Other cities have begun to renege on contracts with municipal employees and cut pension payments. The only certain thing about that approach is lawsuits.

Triaging the elderly to death is another way of dealing with the problem. The only hope for those approaching old age might be a medical miracle, perhaps a breakthrough in anti-aging treatments. But then we might face the problem of an exploding population of vibrant, healthy old people who will continue to demand their pensions.

Until science comes up with age-reversal that American’s can generally afford, there is a coming tsunami of unfunded liabilities that if it hits, will wipe out America. The only way to avoid that is to get rid of old people.

Obamacare will reduce our aging population by denying medical care due to age, but that is hardly a palatable solution for anyone over 50 years of age.

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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet. A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says. Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC. “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based. Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville. Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’ I did.” The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown. It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed. Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker. He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should. He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.
  • Doug Lynn

    I would gladly deny myself costly care in my old age if it means my children and grandchildren are the direct beneficiaries. The problem is that that is not how it will work. Our system, where everyone except the rich are all in this together, very few want to sacrifice because they see the money they save going to people that are or have been selfishly unproductive most of their lives.

  • Paul Pousson

    And all the money put in by the baby boomers? Where did all of that go? Not all live long enough to collect on their lifetime of putting money into the system anyway. Everyone knows that the Government keeps dipping their fingers into the pie. That’s the only reason there is not enough money. But you won’t hear them admit we blew your old age money,..ahem..ahem..

  • Chris

    None of the analysis of elderly population include those who are able to continue to work and contribute into their 80’s. I know many people in my industry who continue to work because it is their life… it is what they love to do. All of the analysis is a static model of people who work for employers then go to retirement…

  • judy

    Seems so horrible considering that the baby boomers have held America up and their Social Security was stolen by past presidents to fund other gov projects. They have kept America going to now fund those who can work but don’t. Then to be denied medical coverage in their senior years of retirement. Shame on this system.

  • Gloria K

    I know for a fact “Palliative care” does not cover oxygen. A friend of my family was in his early 70’s with a brilliant mind that still helped out family and friends with his knowledge of many skills such as construction and gardening. He went to his VA doctor to have his COPD check up and renew his prescription for Oxygen when he was told under the new law he could only have half what he used before. Needless to say he died 3 weeks later of heart failure due to lack of oxygen. He left behind his wife, children, brother, sister and countless grandchildren all of whom were staggered that he was denied the right to breath by the government he fought, bleed and exposed himself to chemicals that caused his COPD for.

  • David_Smith

    “Until science comes up with age-reversal that American’s can generally afford, there is a coming tsunami of unfunded liabilities that if it hits, will wipe out America. The only way to avoid that is to get rid of old people.”

    So Judson is calling for genocide?