Beneficiaries of entitlement programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and food stamps greatly increased under the Obama administration, adding billions to the nation’s debt.
A recent report says the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a food stamps program, costs taxpayers $70,866,830,000 in 2016. Under the Obama administration, the number of people using food stamps went from 33,490,000 to 44,219,000.
The number Medicaid beneficiaries went from 60,880,000 in 2009, to 74,059,221 in 2016.
“Historically, Medicaid eligibility has generally been limited to low-income children, pregnant women, parents of dependent children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities,” said the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
But this changed under the Obama administration. The organization went on to say, “However, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) included the ACA Medicaid expansion, which expands Medicaid eligibility to individuals under the age of 65 with income up to 133% of the federal poverty level at state option.”
What about Medicare? Data released by the CRS shows this program will cost taxpayers $701 billion in 2016 alone. Meaning it will not only be unsustainable under the current plan, but it is expected to face insolvency.
The Washington Free Beacon reports enrollment for Medicare increased 25% under the Obama administration.
“In the absence of further congressional action, the Medicare program is expected to be unsustainable in the long run,” said the CRS.
Beneficiaries of Social Security increased by 10 million people under the Obama administration. In 2015 alone, it cost the government $888 billion, as seen in the CRS report.
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