WaPo gets it wrong again on health care costs

Earlier this week, Sarah Kliff at the Washington Post had an article claiming that American "health costs are growing really slowly" and that "health care costs [are] now growing at the same rate as the rest of the economy."  I debunked Kliff's claims on AT a couple days later.  Not to be outdone, Ezra Klein at WaPo followed up on Kliff's piece the next day with an article making the following claims: A Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds that a majority of Americans think health-care costs are rising faster than normal. The reality is precisely the opposite. From 2000 to 2007, national health expenditures grew, on average, by 7.5 percent a year. From 2008 to 2011 -- the most recent data we have -- they grew, on average, by 4.1 percent a year. This is historically slow growth ... Ordinary Americans aren't the only ones misinformed. On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner blamed the law for 'causing premiums to soar.' Assuming he continues to believe that any change in...(Read Full Post)

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