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There are few things in life you can count on with unwavering certainty: death (unless you’re a Latin America dictator), taxes (except for Apple and Mitt Romney) and the secret service. Oh, wait a minute….well, there’s always those skyrocketing health costs….

But that’s not even a sure bet anymore. Based on numbers from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, during 2009 and 2010, the country’s total health care spending grew less than 4 percent annually. That’s the slowest rate in 50 years. And, as the New York Times reported, health care spending as a share of overall economic activity actually leveled off in 2010, hovering at just under 18 percent of the gross domestic product.

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