Opinion: Now for the bad news: Medicare costs are accelerating

U.S. SPENDING on health care increased 4.6% year over year to a total of $3.6 trillion in 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
U.S. SPENDING on health care increased 4.6% year over year to a total of $3.6 trillion in 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
As debates rage over the cost of United States health care, Medicare’s actuaries have issued a new report. In 2018, overall national spending on health care rose 4.6% from 2017, to a total of $3.6 trillion. That may sound like a big jump, but the 2018 numbers partially reflect the re-imposition of a tax on…

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