As national debt rises, other factors may have impact too

03/1/2010 | CNNMoney

The national debt is expected to reach $13 trillion this year and $22 trillion by 2020 thanks to spending on two wars, 10 years of tax cuts and spending to head off an economic disaster. Economists are worried about a number of issues not counted in the national debt that could make the forecast even more grim, including losses from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, borrowing from Medicare and Social Security and the cost of tax breaks and new IRS rules.

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