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83522f8ea571c0b9f2d674e3782c8b7e7bd2d614.doc Dartmouth 2K9 1 Heath care collapses the economy- taxes, inflation, and debt Book, PhD in economics and MBA from U of Chicago, 09 (Robert, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis, Jan 16, 2009, “The Fallacy of Health Care Reform as Economic Stimulus”, http://www.heritage.org/research/healthcare/wm2231.cfm) After spending decades trying to reduce health care costs, some commentators and policymakers now argue that health care costs should be increased to stimulate the economy. [1] At the crux of the argument are the notions that increasing spending on health care will create jobs that can be filled by those losing jobs in other areas of the economy--and that implementing long-proposed reforms (such as an increased emphasis on primary care and large-scale deployment of health IT) will reduce health care costs. These two arguments are fundamentally at odds with each other. Advocates claim simultaneously that (a) it would stimulate economic growth to spend more money on these reforms, and (b) these reforms would reduce total health care costs--that is, result in spending less money. Perhaps one could make an intelligent argument for either proposition, but it is not possible to make both of those claims and be consistent. Two Sides of the Same Coin The entire proposal rests on the assumption that one can get a "free lunch" by looking at only one side of the ledger--by counting the benefits of reform but ignoring the costs. Health care jobs are clearly a benefit to workers who would otherwise have worse jobs or no jobs at all, but as long as employees need to be paid, one
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