Whose failure was filed with finality:
"The medical fees
Of our retirees
Were the cause of our fiscal mortality."
The city of Stockton, California is the latest US locality to conclude that the cure is worse than the disease. The city declared bankruptcy with $700 million in debt overwhelming the resources of its 300,000 residents. Among the insurmountable costs were Stockton's pension and healthcare outlays for its retired workers, along with falling property values and an expensive downtown-revitalization project. The Wall Street Journal reports that healthcare costs are expected to rise for all of the US states, regardless of the outcome of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, indicating much work to do to bring health care costs on a sustainable path.