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By making smart, strategic decisions about future national security requirements policymakers can ensure that our military is strong and that we are prepared to defend our nation from threats while also avoiding potential waste of precious national resources
The defense share of the federal budget has averaged 21 percent over the past two decades.
Controlling our structural budget deficits will require major changes in budget policy.
Most Medicaid dollars are spent on disabled and elderly beneficiaries, whose incomes and financial resources are low enough to qualify for the program.
Who Pays For Medicare?
During the final debates, it's up to us to pay attention to how our presidential candidates’ plans could impact America's future. While the budget and economy were already major topics, the upcoming debates will highlight national security and a range of other issues — both foreign and domestic — that also have implications for our long-term fiscal health.
As policymakers consider how best to address our looming fiscal challenges, there is a growing debate about whether the U.S. can reduce defense spending without jeopardizing its national security.
The United States healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, and our healthcare costs are projected to keep rising. Despite these high costs, our health outcomes are generally no better than those of our peers, and in some cases are worse.
This budget explainer describes what Medicaid is, how it is financed, and who benefits from it.