Public Health Care Spending To EXCEED Private Insurance Spending In 2011

04/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • PETER LANDERS Wall Street Journal

For the first time, government programs next year will account for more than half of all U.S. health-care spending, federal actuaries predict, as the weak economy sends more people into Medicaid and slows growth of private insurance.

The figures show how federal and state spending is taking a bigger role while Congress hesitates over a health-care overhaul.

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