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.

You decide.


~ by christianliberal on September 13, 2008.

5 Responses to “More War, or Universal Health Care: Costs”

  1. Great information. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. […] Christian Liberal asks a simple question, would you rather have more wars or universal health care? […]

  3. Did you see the Bunk study stating 2/3 of doctors in America want National Health Care. The doctors who did this study also conducted one in 2002 and found that the majority of doctors did not want national health care, the problem with this is that the 2 question surveys drastically differ in there 2nd question. I found this article, 60% of Physicians Surveyed Oppose Switching to a National Health Care Plan, It’s worth a read.

  4. Hey there, christianliberal. I was running a sort of “conservative versus liberal” contest where someone from both sides would write a 500 word or more essay on the provided subjects. I still need an essay titled “Why Universal Health Care Is a Good Idea”. The more popular article between the two (the other being “Why Universal Health Care Is a Bad Idea”) wins $20. Would you be interested?

    My email is

  5. Sure, I’d be interested, AND you can keep the $20, ha, ha!

    Well, thanks for thinking of me as some kind of spokesperson . . . it shows I’ve fooled at least one person into reading my trash!
    Just give me a day or two to sober up.

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