There was one aspect of the report of flat GDP I posted on earlier that I’d intended to mention but somehow neglected to so I’ll mention it now. If healthcare costs hadn’t risen in the first quarter of 2014, GDP would have decreased.
That is a very, very bad thing. Spending more for the same quantity of goods or services is in no way indicative of economic strength. Mirabile dictu I’ve actually read things from people who claimed it was.