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Health spending per capita, in US$ PPP-adjusted, compared amongst various first world nations.
Productivity isn't going where it used to.
Uneven progress among US families.
US federal debt held by the public as a percentage of GDP, from 1790 to 2013
Then there is the debt, seems that along with pay not increasing debt has jumped up to a similar level like it was when the US fought WWII.
originally posted by: Christosterone
My wife is a physician(MD, FACEP)...
The reason healthcare costs are through the roof is a direct effect of the affordable care act...
The increased cost of health insurance is a central fact in any discussion of health policy and health delivery. Annual premiums reached $18,142 in 2016 for an average family. For those Americans who are fully-covered, these cost realities affect employers, both large and small, plus the "pocket-book impact" on ordinary families. Yet for those buying insurance on an exchange or private market plan for 2017, the average increase before subsidies was a shocking 25 percent.
originally posted by: Kettu
Yes, because before the ACA healthcare costs weren't already through the roof...
Of course productivity will continue to increase faster than hourly compensation. And do be fair, when a job is easier to do, compensation shouldn't increase at the same rate as productivity--it should stagnate
I said that most Americans can afford healthcare because the evidence exists to show that they can.
Nationally, 9.6% of an employee's household income was spent on premiums and deductibles, compared with 5.3% in 2003.