When I researched the previous posting about the decline in funding for NIH research into seniors’ health issues, my first thought was “we need to lobby to reverse that trend!” But then I remembered the quote in the title above, which I’ve seen often in today’s health care debate. It gave me pause.
I did some digging on this children vs. seniors issue, and everything I found confirmed a drop in the share of federal spending on children in recent decades, while the share for seniors has risen dramatically. The figures I’ve seen deal with overall spending, not just on health care. The share for seniors, for example, includes Social Security and Medicare — gigantic programs.