"In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.
As you can tell, heart disease not only kills but it weighs heavily on the health care system of a country."
The above is simply stating the obvious. Money which could have gone to the development of the economy, minimizing government spending and lowering taxes (to allow spoiled Americans to save more money). Please note, the spending above is ONLY heart disease, there are other diseases that burdens the USA health care system. More taxpayers dollars that are wasted and could have been used for other things.
If you note my previous post below on exercise, the system could easily lower heart disease cost to even less than 5% (or even much much less), thereby eliminating the cost of USD$109 billion. And this is heart disease alone.