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Obama's Health Care Problem

Donald103 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 3:55 PM
We have a disincentive society and economy. People are rewarded for not working and for having babies out-of-wedlock. Even ignorant and stupid people can figure out how to work the system. The last scam is fake disability-the most recent way to get welfare. All of the "advanced" countries face a demographic problem with too few young people and an economic problem with too many takers and not enough makers. In the U.S. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security costs are more than the U.S. economy can fund and without a change eventually the system will collapse.

President Obama made a remarkable statement to John Boehner in the middle of their negotiations leading up to the fiscal cliff. "We don't have a spending problem," the president said. We have "a health care problem."

To put this in perspective, almost every economist familiar with the federal government finances views our national health care problem as a spending problem. In fact, it is THE spending problem. If the federal government were not buying health care, we wouldn't have a long term deficit.

The reason is not hard to understand. For the past four decades health care spending per person...