Seen at yesterday's "Occupy Chicago" march on State Street:
The entire US Defense budget for 2010: $685.1 Billion
In 2009, the United States federal, state and local governments, corporations and individuals, together spent $2.5 trillion, $8,047 per person, on health care. This amount represented 17.3% of the GDP, up from 16.2% in 2008 and health insurance costs are rising faster than wages or inflation.
Even if every sword was beat into scalpels, it wouldn't begin to pay for America's exploding health care bill. Worse, with our new health care reform law, the same old construct for health care delivery remains: burgenoning middle-man costs, pandering to special interests, and endless consumer expectations.