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Do Not Blame Obamacare for the High Costs of Healthcare

Under control of third party payers, healthcare spending has been increasing steadily since the 1960’s.  Here is the raw data as published by CMS:


Rate of increase in healthcare spending:
Reagan years –    95.7%
Clinton years –   44.5%
GW Bush years- 61.3%
Obama years  –   28.5%   This includes only the first 7 years. When the 8th year is added, it will likely increase to about 33%.


In other words, our extremely high healthcare costs have been created by a broken system that long preceded Obamacare.  The last 8 years have seen the slowest growth in healthcare spending on record in the US.   Since cost is the single biggest problem of our healthcare system, repealing Obamacare is not a solution.