Government programs will account for half of all health care spending

For the first time, government programs next year will account for more than half of all U.S. health-care spending, federal actuaries predict, as the weak economy sends more people into Medicaid and slows growth of private insurance.

Click here (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703575004575043490639289022.html) for the Wall Street Journal article, and here (http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/full/hlthaff.2009.1074v1) for the article in Health Affairs.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, http://wsj.com, accessed September 23, 2010; Journal of Health Affairs, http://healthaffairs.org, accessed September 23, 2010)