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This comes from the wingnuts at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their info is here:

ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/ce/standard/2007/age....

An article summarizing some of the information is here:

http://hcspending.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-much-do-us-househ...

How much do US households really spend on Health Care?

The average household spends $2853/year out-of-pocket on their Health Care, but a whopping $6146 on the 4 discretionary areas Dining out, Tobacco, Alcohol, and Entertainment

Ah, but that's the 'average' household, and we know averages can hide things. What about different age groups?

Ages 25-34 spend $1000 more on dining out than Health Care.
Ages 35-44 spend $900 more on dining out.
Ages 45-54 spend $390 more on dining out.
Ages 55-64 spend $200 more on dining out, smoking, and Alcohol than their own Health Care.
Ages 65-74? They still spend more on dining out, entertainment, drinking and smoking than their own health care!
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Doesn't sound like so much of a crisis when you look at what people actually spend. Sure, a few people get bankrupted by medical costs here and there. But I betcha we can do something to help them short of a 1,000-page bill that gives us Post Office health care.

Maybe the gov't should take over the restaurant industry. That's costing us more than health care.

--fleg
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