• 268 days Could Crypto Overtake Traditional Investment?
  • 272 days Americans Still Quitting Jobs At Record Pace
  • 274 days FinTech Startups Tapping VC Money for ‘Immigrant Banking’
  • 277 days Is The Dollar Too Strong?
  • 278 days Big Tech Disappoints Investors on Earnings Calls
  • 279 days Fear And Celebration On Twitter as Musk Takes The Reins
  • 280 days China Is Quietly Trying To Distance Itself From Russia
  • 281 days Tech and Internet Giants’ Earnings In Focus After Netflix’s Stinker
  • 285 days Crypto Investors Won Big In 2021
  • 285 days The ‘Metaverse’ Economy Could be Worth $13 Trillion By 2030
  • 286 days Food Prices Are Skyrocketing As Putin’s War Persists
  • 288 days Pentagon Resignations Illustrate Our ‘Commercial’ Defense Dilemma
  • 288 days US Banks Shrug off Nearly $15 Billion In Russian Write-Offs
  • 292 days Cannabis Stocks in Holding Pattern Despite Positive Momentum
  • 292 days Is Musk A Bastion Of Free Speech Or Will His Absolutist Stance Backfire?
  • 293 days Two ETFs That Could Hedge Against Extreme Market Volatility
  • 295 days Are NFTs About To Take Over Gaming?
  • 295 days Europe’s Economy Is On The Brink As Putin’s War Escalates
  • 298 days What’s Causing Inflation In The United States?
  • 300 days Intel Joins Russian Exodus as Chip Shortage Digs In
  1. Home
  2. Markets
  3. Other

Why Healthcare Is Killing America

Healthcare is the biggest segment of our economy. In the debate over who should pay for what or, increasingly, for whom, most people don't stop to understand just how large a portion of our society's money is dedicated to healthcare.

For some perspective, as a share of GDP, the U.S. spends about twice that of other advanced nations. This is an important reason why the U.S. is increasingly uncompetitive in global manufacturing. It is, for instance, the most important factor (besides poor management) that General Motors and Chrysler are going bankrupt.

Going forward, the situation is guaranteed to get worse. The Obama administration is committed to major reform to cover the 40 million people not now covered by insurance. Once everyone has insurance, with many paying nothing at all for coverage, patients won't care what it costs, and the system will quickly spin out of control.

And it's already out of control. I recently spent one day in the hospital due to a broken arm, which cost on the order of $100,000. Remarkably, that eye-opening amount still doesn't include the ambulance, the doctors, the x-rays, the CT scans, or the anesthesiologist. I'm still getting bills. The system is far more broken than is widely understood, unless you have had a recent bad experience.

Projections for healthcare are particularly problematic because of the demographics of so many people born just after World War II. Soon, there will be less than three people in the workforce for each retired person. That will result in huge taxes on the few workers to supply the expensive end-of-life medical care for the retirees (and it is in the latter years where medical expenses really begin to rack up).

This bubble was predicted and a government trust fund was set up. Unfortunately, as is typically the case, the government couldn't keep its hands off the money, and so it has already been spent. The outlook is not good. In fact, in just over 10 years from now - by 2020 - the demands on the government for Social Security and Medicare will get so high that they cannot be met. And it gets worse from there.

It's a safe bet, based on history, that the government will once again try to print its way out of the problem - but all that will do is further destroy the dollar and drive interest rates up even more. Just to be clear, this is not just about a government program gone awry, but as much or even more so a demographic problem - which makes it all the more intractable.

Don't wait to be saved by the government; take your life - and your asset protection - in your own hands. For example, by playing one of the most obvious and inevitable trends and Bud Conrad's favorite investment for 2009. Click here to read the full report.


Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment