WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House report concludes that fixing the
economy goes hand-in-hand with overhauling the U.S. health care
The report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers says
health care costs will rise to 34 percent of the gross domestic
product in 30 years if left unchecked. Costs are now about 18
percent of GDP.
Administration officials, urgently seeking to build momentum for
health care legislation, plan to discuss the report at the White
House today with leaders of the key Senate committees drafting
Critics were quick to dismiss the report.
House Minority Leader John Boehner says President Barack Obama's
administration hasn't offered a credible plan.
Obama wants legislation that would hold down costs, guarantee
choice and extend coverage to the 50 million Americans who don't
have it now.