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Social Security is the largest single program in the federal budget and makes up approximately one quarter of total federal spending.
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.
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.
Social Security is an important program that is part of the fabric of America. We must ensure that Social Security is available for future generations.
There are numerous viable options to preserve the retirement system, including Social Security, in a fiscally sustainable way that gives families adequate time to plan and strengthens support for those who need it the most.
This interactive map shows Medicare spending per beneficiary, which varies significantly across the U.S.