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Health Spending Eats Up Record Chunk of GDP

Health spending rose to a record 17.6% of the U.S. economy in 2009, as the overall economy shrank and higher federal Medicaid spending helped to push up health costs. Access thousands of business sources not available on the free web. The figures released Wednesday don't reflect any impact from the Obama administration's health overhaul, which passed in March 2010, but they illuminate the problem of ever-rising health costs that drove the debate over the biggest change to the health system in a generation.

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