Health and the US Economy

With health spending representing nearly one-fifth of US GDP, the debate on fixing the US economy is inextricably bound to the debate on fixing US health care. As health care costs grow from $2.6 trillion to an officially projected $4.6 trillion over the coming decade, what will be the impact on family incomes, business performance, and state and federal budgets? Can the debate on taxes and government spending be resolved without serious health care entitlement reform? And how to assess the positive economic effects from a US health sector that is a vibrant jobs creator and source of export-led growth?

Festival: 2012

More on this Session

Watch and Listen: Economy

Leaders of the modern conservative movement, Richard Cohen, Rep. Mickey Edwards, Laura Ingraham, Morton Kondracke and... See more
This session will examine the growing presence of Evangelical Christians in the United States. Do Evangelicals have a... See more
Taking into account the changing nature of the interaction between the media and the government, three journalism... See more
Liberalism in America, Peter Beinart, Ramesh Ponnuru, Michael Sandel, Sean Wilentz, Moderator Evan Thomas (#24)  See more
The media may be more influential and pervasive than ever before. And with that influence comes responsibility. What... See more
Is America a secular country or a religious one? Should faith and religious values have a place in current political... See more

Pages