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Study: A Great Economy is Bad for Americans' Health

According to Christopher Ruhm, researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research, the robust economy is bad for your health.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If a high-fat cholesterol-laden snack doesn't trigger a heart attack, then a healthy economy just might.


The risk of a fatal heart attack rises when the U.S. economy strengthens and increases further if macroeconomic conditions remain robust over the next several years, according to a study published last month.

The death rate rises in the year the economy expands and grows further if the lower rate of joblessness is maintained, Christopher Ruhm wrote in his study.

A 1 percentage point drop in unemployment is estimated to raise mortality by 1.3 percent or 2,515 additional deaths per year from heart attacks, the study showed. The mortality rate is similar for males and females.

Bloggers on the left will blame Bush for this.


Comments (10)

Well, I do know that good e... (Below threshold)

Well, I do know that good economic news makes liberals' heads explode.

And that can't be healthy.

Who came up with this poppy... (Below threshold)
Eon the terrible:

Who came up with this poppycock? is it from that busybody bunch of intellecial eggheads from the CSPI or the usial bunch of crack-pots trying to get money from the Nationa Science Foundation

So would democratic plans t... (Below threshold)

So would democratic plans to raise taxes and thus tank the economy also qualify as a health plan?

They are getting pathetical... (Below threshold)

They are getting pathetically desperate in their attempts to spin a great economy into bad news.

Well, I do know that goo... (Below threshold)

Well, I do know that good economic news makes liberals' heads explode. And that can't be healthy.

Yeah, a perforated colon is all kinds of bad news medically......

Yeah, a perforated... (Below threshold)
Yeah, a perforated colon is all kinds of bad news medically......

LOL

Bloggers on the left wil... (Below threshold)
Dodd:

Bloggers on the left will blame Bush for this.

No they won't. That would require them to admit the economy is doing well. Instead, they say what I saw one left wingnut say a couple of days ago: "So this means more people died under Clinton than Bush." Which is, of course, patent nonsense (and, therefore, God-given truth to them).

Tomorrows headline:<p... (Below threshold)
remy logan:

Tomorrows headline:

Bush Policies Cause Increase in Deaths
Doctors urge the President to increase taxes. Calling it a national health crisis.

The Katie Couric Effect IS ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

The Katie Couric Effect IS REAL!!!

This is actually going to p... (Below threshold)

This is actually going to prove true...or be portrayed that way, anyway. Self-fulfilling prophecy of a sort...the economy is strong and primed for a decent continuing run, coupled with the huge, aging boomer group that's going to start to die off...in a few years you're going to be able to look at the charts: economy rises and deaths climb.




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