Buried in a footnote to his post on the possibility of using Social Security reforms as a lever for breaking the impasse over the budget (and the debt ceiling), Bruce Krasting makes an interesting observation:
The “Non Partisan” CBO did not have to make dramatic changes to its mortality assumptions in September of 2013. The 5/13 SS Report to Congress did not have changes in its mortality rates, but CBO did. Why?
That’s an excellent question. Mr. Krasting suggests political motivations. I’d be interested in some alternative but none occurs to me. I’m not even sure how I’d go about finding out.
Here’s the CBO’s explanation. Does that actually answers the question. Why now?