The 2006 Economic Report of the President is available, and the first chapter I turned to was the one on health care.

The rising costs of health care are reflected in premiums (employer plus employee share) for employer-provided insurance that in 2005 averaged almost $11,000 for a family (Chart 4-2), up from $6,700 in 1999 (in 2005 inflation-adjusted dollars).

I quote that because it was a new statistic to me, and it is an interesting one. I wonder what all the talk about “stagnant wages” would look like if you included these health insurance premiums.

In general, their analysis runs along similar lines to what is in my forthcoming book. But they did not change my mind about Health Savings Accounts.