Meanwhile, while the Treasury heads toward "empty" and Iraq toward open civil war, Reuters reports that:
Health-care spending is outpacing the growth of the American economy and will consume 20 percent of U.S. gross domestic product by 2015, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Wednesday.
If you have to write the checks, you know this is serious business. It's not just an aging of the population. It's health care premiums jumping by 20% a year (far more than HHS is admitting to) even as service heads to the basement and Medicare D turns into a looting spree. A lot of small businesses are about at the point of saying "deal me out," even as the Chamber is still spouting manure about socialized medicine.
Remember the bad old days when the threat to the health care system was that the nasty old Clintons were gonna make sure that everyone had access to it?
I'm tempted to take the Lord's name in vain when I reflect on how stupid the Republican rank and file is. They're like chickens guarding the fox's house.