An op-ed from White House health policy adviser Ezekiel Emanuel points out that the United States spends way too much money on health care. Not exactly shocking news (especially for readers of this site), but Emanuel makes a useful comparison to help readers get a better grasp on just how much the $2.6 trillion we spend on health care really is:
France has the fifth largest economy in the world, with a gross domestic product of nearly $2.6 trillion. The United States spends on health care alone what the 65 million people of France spend on everything: education, defense, the environment, scientific research, vacations, food, housing, cars, clothes and health care. In other words, our health care spending is the fifth largest economy in the world.