As of March 2013, the U.S. has paid $135 billion for medical and disability care for more than 4 million Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans; that’s $150 million per day. This number is only going to increase as more and more veterans apply to receive benefits every day. The U.S. government is obligated to pay for future medical and disability costs for veterans; this is estimated to drive up total health care costs at an estimated $754 billion.
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In the past, the U.S. paid for wars by selling war bonds, and tax increases. But these most recent wars have been financed, driving up the overall cost with interest. However, the spending won’t stop when the fighting does; how much money is being spent on health care because of war?
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