Thursday, April 5, 2007
Cost of The War - wouldn't you rather have health care?
It is hard to get my head around the figures that are published about how much the War in Iraq is costing. At the end of 2006, BEFORE the surge, the total cost to America was somewhere between $750 billion (conservative estimate) and $1.2 trillion. I don't know what a trillion is. It's like counting grains of sand or stars in the sky. But I do know what treating disease costs and the comparisons are staggering.
Currently, the Iraq War is costing Americans $200 billion a year. For a fraction of that money we could provide health care for all the people in the U.S. that are uninsured. We could provide treatment for every American whose diabetes or heart disease is going unmanaged. We could immunize the entire World's children against measles, pertussis, tetanus, TB, polio and diphtheria. We could provide 3,733,163 new housing units. That would certainly take care of the Katrina victims as well as the Tsunami victims.
After we provide these health services, we still have lots of the $200 billion left over. We can double cancer research funding and provide universal preschool for 3&4 year olds and then we can beef up our national security at our airports and seaports.
We still have money left to hire more teachers and help rid Afghanistan of the Taliban. They are back, you know.
The administration is seeking $142 billion more in war funding for next fiscal year.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:56 PM