The Entitlement Rub

Daniel Gross shows why we are in serious trouble:

[T]he percentage of people receiving employment-based health care coverage fell every year since 2000, a period of low unemployment. It's just as likely that matters will worsen. We could be in for a couple of years of slow growth, cost-cutting, and a weak employment market, which would only accelerate the trends of companies shedding health care and slashing 401(k) benefits. And we haven't even discussed the crisis surrounding old-style defined-benefit pension plans. So as the days of fiscal reckoning for Medicare and Social Security draw nearer, more peoplenot fewerwill be looking to the government for health and income insurance. That may turn out to be the real entitlement crisis.