Sunday, January 09, 2011

New York Owes $200 Billion in Retiree Health Care Costs - But There's No Money

New York State, along with its cities and counties, have promised $200 billion worth of retirement health care benefits to their employees, and no one knows where that money is going to come from, according to a study conducted by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.

Unless the governments in question figure out a way to raise that money, they will soon be forced to decide between paying the promised health care bills and paying other expenses, such as the $264 billion in bonds that they also owe. With rising health care costs, a faltering economy, and steady public opposition to higher taxes and bailouts, the problem is only likely to worsen in the coming years.'


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