March 28th, 2010


One Trillion for 'Obama-care'

"The federal budget is on an unsustainable path, primarily because of the rising cost of health care and the aging of the U.S. population."

Some folks are whining about the cost of health care reform, estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to be about a trillion over the next 10 years. Probably, it will be more. It is a huge amount, and I can understand why some folks are whining, but I think it helps to give the cost some perspective.

We could, for example compare it to the cost of George Bush's two wars: . I haven't heard any of the whiners complaining about the cost of that wasted trillion. Or how about the 3.9 trillion that was added to the deficit during GWB's two terms with mostly a Republician majority in Congress, both bodies. Actually, that figure is a bit short because it doesn't count much of the roughly 350 billion Bush gave to the banks or the billions used to bail out GM and Chrysler.

If we're going to whine, let's whine about the total picture, not just selected parts.