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Berger noted that the surprisingly strong growth in consumer spending reflected growth in household and utility services spending and health care spending. The first, he wrote, likely reflects “heating costs due to the frigid winter weather east of the Rocky Mountains – which added 0.7 percentage points to real GDP growth. In all likelihood, this factor will reverse in Q2 as the weather normalizes (i.e. utilities could be a drag on growth).
if it wasn't for the (government-mandated) spending surge resulting from Obamacare, which resulted in the biggest jump in Healthcare Services spending in the past quarter in history and added 1.1% to GDP