US Health Spending Grew To $2.3 Trillion In 2008

A new federal analysis says the recession dramatically slowed U.S. health care spending in 2008. But, it still grew at a faster pace than the economy as a whole, accounting for more than 16.2 percent of the nation's economic output, up from 15.9 percent in 2007.

Economists at the government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says spending totaled $2.3 trillion in 2008 -- nearly $7,700 per person.

A top official at the center says health care spending as a portion of the overall economy is "rising at an unsustainable rate." He says the report, which appears in the journal Health Affairs, means the U.S. needs a health care overhaul.

Health care experts, however, question whether Democratic overhaul bills will do enough to contain costs. GOP Rep. Dave Camp says the legislation would just make the problem worse.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    Glad CNN and Fox did the story on fraud by out government in Copenhagen, otherwise, where is it? I think even ABC is covering now while the rest cover it up. I guess thats part of that transparency Obama talked about, clear as mud.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    Not to mention, who would the Democrats blame eveything on? Do us all a favor Lavon and leave your kool-aide induced comments out of it.
  • by isit2012yet? on Jan 9, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    "I think Obama should spend about 3 trillion more dollars in a program to expedite all Republicans out of America. Only then would most of our problems would go away" Lavon with all the Republicans gone who would you parasites feed off of?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vacationed on the Big Island of Hawaii this holiday season, spending according to West Hawaii Today $10,000 or more a night for the Presidential Suite at the Hualalai resort. While her private stay likely boosted Hawaii's tourism revenues, Pelosi was escorted by local police officers, and that expense was charged to local taxpayers. According to a letter from the Hawaii County Police Department sent in response to an inquiry from Hawaii Reporter, Pelosi's visit cost Hawaii county taxpayers more than $21,000. It would be real interesting to see what Obama's stay there cost us. It seems like we are here for them, not them here for us.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    2 Thessalonians Chapter 2:5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He[d] who now restrains will do so until He[e] is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. My friends, we're living in this prophesy. Obama, congress & world leaders are all in this.
  • by Anonymous military dude on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:41 PM
    Dont forget "In GOD we trust" obviously Obama forgot to say "so help me GOD" when he swore in. I have said that everytime I have re-enlisted and for my last 2 promotions, I dont think I have ever heard a member of the military leave that part out when getting promoted or re-enlisting. I guess there are some of us left to defend the country. The rest of the lib's will be hiding or waving the white flags.
  • by qwerty Location: wilson on Jan 6, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    Anonymous military dude,US citizen for now,Obama Snake Oil Co AMEN one nation under GOD!
  • by Anonymous military dude on Jan 6, 2010 at 03:42 PM
    US citizen for now: AMEN.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Snake Oil in the bank!!! Right on the money. I thank God everyday that he's enlightened me to recognize all of the evil people & deeds they do within our great nation. How can the deceived know they're deceived? They'll never know until the damage is done and some lib's are so conceded to the point that they'll go down with the ship and still believe that everything's ok. They're in total denial full of pride thinking they're supreme. They're in the Devils back pocket and don't even know it. I hope everyone in our nation will one day soon realize what damages the Democratic Party (Obama & all in congress as well as their wealthy radical supporters) has done to their country. My friend, let's continue our fight for what is right. Stand strong as our forefathers did and continue the pursuit of liberty, our freedoms and rights.
  • by qwerty Location: wilson on Jan 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    I can't say I'm surprised by the numbers but I'm not, all the administrations popularity is in a free fall. I love it when the dem's will say, oh polls are just a snapshot when the numbers are against them. I also agree with Al, some of the worst terrorists in years are in the goverment right now( pelos reid,obama etc...)
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