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The United States spent $631 billion on national defense during fiscal year (FY) 2018 according to the Office of Management and Budget, which amounts to 15 percent of the federal budget.
This budget explainer describes what Medicaid is, how it is financed, and who benefits from it.
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.
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.
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.
Who Pays For Medicare?
Most Medicaid dollars are spent on disabled and elderly beneficiaries, whose incomes and financial resources are low enough to qualify for the program.
Controlling our structural budget deficits will require major changes in budget policy.
The defense share of the federal budget has averaged 21 percent over the past two decades.