Editor's Notes

O'Donnell, Michael P.
November 2012
American Journal of Health Promotion;Nov/Dec2012, Vol. 27 Issue 2, piv
Academic Journal
Soon to be published research shows that people with positive health practices reduced the period of disability at the end of life by an estimated six to nine years. If improved health habits could reduce the period of disability for the entire population of the United States by this amount, spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security would drop substantially, and state and federal income tax revenues would increase substantially. This is critically important given that the Congressional Budget Office has projected that 100% of federal tax revenues will be consumed by Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security by the year 2050 if current health and spending trends continue.


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