Whether you make a living by selling life insuranceand annuities, developing comprehensive financial plansfor the affluent, or giving institutions investment advice, the U.S.Senate's health finance policy fight is your fight, too.

The United States could generate about $19 trillion in grossdomestic product this year and have $87 trillion in net wealth.

The country will spend about $3.5 trillion on health care. Thefederal government will allocate $1.2 trillion, or 29% of what itspends, for Medicare, Medicaid and other health care programs.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.