Host(s):
Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Location:
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
McCone Irvine Auditorium
499 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA, 93940

We continually hear horror stories about future budget deficits in the United States. What we don't hear, overlooked by press and policy makers alike, is that future deficits are driven largely by projections of rising health care costs.

If health care costs are stabilized, we won’t have serious budget problems. If they are not stabilized, then we will face serious economic problems regardless of what happens with the deficit. Dr. Dean Baker, Senior Economist & Co-Founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research discussed his research on the future of health care costs and the national budget. Following his talk, Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy and Chair of the International Environmental Policy program at the Middlebury Institute, moderated a discussion on a wide range of economic and social issues.