Federal spending is going up this year, mostly due to increasesin health spending, according to recentlyreleased projections by the Congressional Budget Office.

The nonpartisan agency projects that mandatory federal outlayswill rise by $168 billion in 2016 –– or 6 percent –– and that $104billion of that will come from increased spending on Medicare,Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and subsidies tothose purchasing insurance on the Obamacare exchanges. That amountsto an 11 percent increase in federal health spending over theprevious year.

The CBO is quick to mention, however, that part of the projectedincrease is due to a shifting of certain Medicare payments from2017 to 2016. If not for that, health care spending will only riseby $80 billion, or 8.6 percent.

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