US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years

The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That’s an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share of that money is spent caring for the sickest patients.

Trump speaks directly with Taiwan’s leader, irking China

It is unprecedented for a U.S. president or president-elect to speak directly with a leader of Taiwan. China said it lodged a stern complaint with the U.S. and reiterated its commitment to seeking “reunification” with the island, which it considers a renegade province.