When adding in all of the money owed to cover
future liabilities in entitlement programs the US is actually in worse
financial shape than Greece and other debt-laden European countries,
Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC Monday.
of the public focus is on the nation's public debt, which is $14.3
trillion. But that doesn't include money guaranteed for Medicare,
Medicaid and Social Security, which comes to close to $50 trillion,
according to government figures.
government also is on the hook for other debts such as the programs
related to the bailout of the financial system following the crisis of
2008 and 2009, government figures show.
together, Gross puts the total at "nearly $100 trillion," that while
perhaps a bit on the high side, places the country in a highly
unenviable fiscal position that he said won't find a solution overnight.
think that we can reduce that within the space of a year or two is not a
realistic assumption," Gross said in a live interview. "That's much
more than Greece, that's much more than almost any other developed
country. We've got a problem and we have to get after it quickly."