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Cold Storage: Our Dependence on Healthcare to Grow our GDP

Joseph Warren, Editor

Old Age. A sound economic reason to live longer thrives in our nation’s GDP - Gross Domestic Product. We have literally sickened our way out of the Great Recession, to some nebulous level, by insisting that the addled and lame - real or imagined - old and young, continue to “hold on” for as long as possible, dumping them into cold storage at one of the ever-growing number of faceless, tritely-named care facilities where they live out the rest of their lives largely ignored stewing in a (sometimes figurative, sometimes not) stewpot of their own shite and urine, or at one of the many thriving local hospitals specializing in MRI-based destruction of their “patients” on a Quantum level. Read, Thinking About Getting an MRI? Maybe, think again...

Why? Because without Healthcare, we would have experienced many years of (near) GDP contraction rather than the pitiful growth attributable to the Services sector: Minimum Wage and futureless, much as those waiting to expire in “Pleasant Gardens Care for the Suggestively Afflicted.” The National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) are the official estimators of total health care spending in the United States. Here’s their statement regarding 2013:

“U.S. health care spending grew 3.6 percent in 2013, reaching $2.9 trillion or $9,255 per person.  As a share of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounted for 17.4 percent.”

17.4 percent. In this same period - 2013 - US GDP increased roughly by $604 billion, or about 3.7 percent. And, while it would be nice to think in some utopian drug-induced haze that President Obama intended Obamacare - the Affordable Care Act - to be a benevolent gesture toward the huddled masses of uninsured, the reality is that it was good for the economy, and will continue to be so.

In this case, the Huddled Masses are people like Stephen Hemsley, CEO of Unitedhealth Group, our nation’s top insurer, whose 2012 income exceeded $40 million. Read, Obamacare, a Compilation.

Obamacare will be repealed only when the US GDP is capable of sustaining growth without the substantial contribution made by Healthcare. So, quit smoking: It’s bad for business. If it were otherwise no one would give a good rat’s ass if you did. Surely you cannot believe that your life means anything to our government unless and until you become an integral part of the Pharmaceuticals, Imaging, and Useless Surgery practices called Medicine, today.

Read, One-Fifth of Americans on ADHD Drugs, below.