Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Jack of all trades is a master of ......?

Hey Ben Bernanke, WTF???

I guess he feels like he's done such a great job in his actual job, it's time for him to branch out and help in other fields?

Bolstering the performance of the U.S. health care system is one of the biggest challenges facing the country, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday.New medical technologies and treatments are allowing people to live healthier, longer and more productive lives. However, the aging of millions of baby boomers coupled with rapidly rising heath care costs are accounting for an ever-growing share of both personal and government budgets — strains that will become increasingly burdensome unless changes are made, the Fed chief warned.

Challenges, he said, fall into three major areas: improving access to health care for the 47 million Americans — or about 16 percent of the population — who lack health insurance; bolstering the quality of care; and controlling costs.

"Improving the performance of our health care system is without a doubt one of the most important challenges our nation faces," Bernanke said in remarks to a summit on health care reform organized by a Senate panel on Capitol Hill.

The Fed chief didn't talk about the Fed's next move on interest rates or the state of the U.S. economy in his speech or during a brief question and answer session afterward.

Here is the full story, and in closing let me offer Ben this piece of advice: Zapatero! a sus Zapatos! (translation here)

4 comments:

imaginarypolitics said...

Well, maybe it's a diversion tactic, so he gets us to think abt something else and then boom he changes interest rates...

Shawn said...

"hey look! it's bigfoot!"

even my office co-worker, reading this yesterday, goes "uh...why the hell's bernanke talking about health care?"

br said...

I'm actually in favor of involving economists in healthcare discussions... Just not from a socialist perspective.

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