Health Care Reform Could Make The Economy Sick

In the article "Damn the deficit, go for growth" (Economic Viewpoint, Jan. 18), I find it hard to understand why most economists separate the health-care system from the economy in regard to growth. I can only imagine what the degree of the latest recession would have been if not for the continued growth within the health-care industry. The dollars that are expended in health care do not evaporate into a vacuum. They are spent to employ workers and often go to build, maintain, and develop those facilities that will be delivering health care in the future.

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