"Check out the "Defense" budget. It's only $670.9 billion for fiscal 2013, after a $48 billion cut. Things are tough all over these days."
"Money" magazine had a plot showing that in 1965, Medicare was about 10% of the budget, "defense" was about 50%. Today it's about opposite.
Maybe the problem is that medical expenses keep increasing. It's now a huge percentage of the total economy. It affects Medicare, Medicaid, all government that employs people, and private companies.
And it's not like we're getting improved health care. It's more like we're spending more for "blockbuster" drugs that they advertise heavily on the TV but only make a small improvement in health.
But our health is getting worse, because we're eating too much high fructose corn syrup or something?
I don't know, but our "best government money can buy" isn't doing what it could do to help.