More War, or Universal Health Care: Costs
What would you rather have, endless war or free health care?
The Bush war costs are estimated at $3 trillion, to $4.9 trillion.
That’s Trillion with a “T”.
Total health care costs for the US are about $2.3.
Universal healthcare would reduce our costs from approximately $7,600
per person per year, to about $5,170 per year.
From the Christian Science Monitor: March 10, 2008
Iraq war cost estimates run into the trillions
“The cost is going up every month,” says Linda Bilmes, an expert at
Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
. . . Last September in a phone interview, Ms. Bilmes estimated the
war’s total price tag as easily exceeding $2 trillion.
In a book published last month, she and Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel
Prize-winning economist from Columbia University,
New York, estimated the total long-run cost at $3 trillion in 2007
valued dollars. If you add in Afghanistan and various costs to
the economy, the sum reaches $4.95 trillion.
Facts on the Cost of Health Insurance and Health Care
Total spending was $2.3 TRILLION in 2007
In 2005, the United States spent 16 percent of its gross domestic
product (GDP) on health care. It is projected that the percentage
will reach 20 percent by 2016
Health care spending accounted for 10.9 percent of the GDP in
Switzerland, 10.7 percent in Germany, 9.7 percent in Canada and 9.5 percent in
Supports the war: McCain, Palin
Opposes the war: Obama, Biden
Supports universal health care: Obama, Biden
Opposes universal health care: McCain, Palin.