From James Galbraith (boldface mine; emphasis original):
And, you know, if you ask me do I consider this to be the most important issue that we face, I really don’t. It’s an internal distributive issue. But if you ask me, would I rather have overpaid doctors and nicely, you know, overbuilt hospitals, or aircraft carriers that we don’t need or jet fighters that can never actually be flown, I’ll say I’ll take the doctors and the hospitals. I can see working on this issue, but it’s not going to be the end of American civilization if we continue to have a very large health care sector. In fact, quite the contrary. A very great economist, Paul Samuelson once said healthcare is fifteen percent of GDP, but it’s the best fifteen percent of GDP. And I think there’s something to that.
This seems to be the appropriate attitude, especially when we are faced with real, immediate healthcare problems.