ACA Agonistes
The Health Spending Slowdown (with a Side of Shrinkage)
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  • Thirdsyphon

    That’s all as may be; but the longer the trend of slowing growth in healthcare costs continues, the less important the entire subject becomes. Personally, I don’t have any idea what’s making this happen, but the fact that it’s happening makes me extremely reluctant to embrace any further “reforms.” To quote the great Yogi Berra, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  • S.C. Schwarz

    Obamacare is not the reason for the recent slowdown in health spending. See http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2013/12/06/is-obamacare-responsible-for-the-recent-slowdown-in-health-care-costs/ for a full discussion, but, in brief summary the cost containment features in Obamacare are either pilot programs or are years away from being implemented,

  • charlesrwilliams

    Health care spending is not the same thing as health care costs. Spending is going up more slowly than GDP because the standard of living for many people is going down.

    It is a fallacy to think that health care spending as a whole is some kind of necessity. It is a mixture of necessary and discretionary activity. Even necessary health care has discretionary cost elements in it.

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