One in Six Americans Are Now on MedicaidA record one in six Americans is on Medicaid, the government's health program for the poor, according to USA Today. And Medicaid is just one of several government anti-poverty programs that have seen large increases in caseloads and in costs.

Millions of Americans lost their jobs during the recession, and large numbers of those have lost their employee-sponsored health insurance, too. COBRA subsidies notwithstanding, those job losses have cost most the ability to pay for private health insurance as well.

So it's perhaps unsurprising that more than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid, up by at least 7 million people, or 17% since the recession began in December 2007, USA Today's research shows. Also not surprising is the fact that the federal government's outlays on Medicaid jumped 36% in the past two years to $273 billion.

That jump in enrollment comes well ahead of 2014, when the new health care reform law will expand Medicaid's enrollment criteria. According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Medicaid enrollment is projected to increase by 15.9 million by 2019 which would boost federal spending on the program by $443.5 billion.

With the economy climbing out of recession much more slowly than had been expected, the U.S. unemployment rate still high, and the government expanding eligibility, USA Today lists other antipoverty programs for low-income individuals and families that have expanded since the downturn began: More than 40 million people now get food stamps, an increase of nearly 50%, nearly four times as many people are receiving unemployment insurance, and 18% more people are on welfare.

As caseloads for all the safety net programs have soared, so have costs. Outlays for the food stamp program have risen 80% to $70 billion, costs for jobless benefits have soared from $43 billion to $160 billion, and welfare is up 24%, to $22 billion.

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When did we get out of a recession?LOL Idiots !!!! If you have 100,000, not 1 million, but only 100,000 you will be way ahead of the game a year from now, because we all know its coming down all around us, and how many have that mere 100,000 , 1 in 25 I am guessing, so you better hang on to it folks, because there is no way this person we have now has the knowledge to bring it back from mid 2006 when the Dems took over congress. It was all downhill from there. Polosi, Reid, etc, Just too many people running this country without the ability to do what needs to be done, and 53% of all working people now work for the Gov. Do your math folks. It adds up to alot of zero's!!! Sorry for the ones with less than the 100,000 . The weak go down first , as always. Wait it out and do nothing if you think it's going away.

August 31 2010 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the Minority population was much higher that that!!!

August 31 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are Americans who through no fault of thier own now need help, but there are far more who are just using the system. Those who have worked all thier life and now are recieveing what is due them are not the problem. The problem is those who live in our gettos on public assistance selling drugs on the corner or stealing for a living. It is so much easier to steal or sell drugs and still draw welfare than to work for a living. They can make much more money and do no work at all. Ask any felon and they will tell you that kindness is weakness and should be used to your advantage. This is what they are taught from birth and what they have learned on the streets. Until we have workfare instead of wellfare they will continue to use the system. If you need help you have to work for it. Our streets should be spotless and our gettos should be beautiful with the help of those drawing Government Assistance. What a concept!!!

August 31 2010 at 11:29 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Alan's comment

And where did you get your degree in Sociology?

August 31 2010 at 11:34 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

This story should be headed, "One of six people in America on Medicaid." Not all people on medicaid are Americans. As many as 30% could be illegal aliens. Beyond that, where's the complaint in this story? Isn't this what you wanted when you elected the incompetent power hungry that control Congress and the White House? Or are you going to say, "Gee, I didn't think that far ahead!" The rule of unintended consequences has come home to roost. Maybe in the future you people will not allow an obviously biased liberal media to make up your minds for you. Did none of you question how somebody so ignorant and incompetent as Bush could possibly be elected in the first place, not to mention a second term? How could he, or anybody, be the dunce the media portrayed Bush as being? You made your hospital bed, now lay in it. We have to pull the plug on you.

August 31 2010 at 11:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Medicaid, at least when I had had it 9 years ago in IL, was practically useless. I had a spend down amount of $1200 per month. If you aren't familiar with the program, imagine having private insurance with a $1200 per month deductible. People whose incomes are low enough to be on Medicaid don't make enough to afford to use it. At least children are covered.

August 31 2010 at 11:06 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
billn boston

Lercel, thank you for the astute remark. Sorry, I did not lie, that's a Fox News trait that only wears off on their viewers. I merely put forth the propsition that if, in fact, one in six Americans are on welfair than it is reasonable to assume that the people who are screaming the most, the t-baggers, are a large portion of this group. Now pay attention, I'll explain this simply, The t-bagger, Lunatic Fringe, Glenn Beck, Fox News disciple is a senior citizen who is real close or past 65 years old. That's a fact varified by the foreign owned News Corp. Since this group is so old, they are most probably on some form of Medicaid, or Welfair.

August 31 2010 at 10:51 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to billn boston's comment

A large majority of tea party folks receive social security and medicare benefits. These programs have kept many seniors and disabled people from poverty. Sadly many of the tea party candidates want to end the very programs their supporters are receiving.

August 31 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

I'm sure most are the ILLEGAL damn Mexicans!!!!!!!!!!!

August 31 2010 at 10:45 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Kolene:o)'s comment

Actually children traditionally are.

August 31 2010 at 11:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

You all can stop the STUPIDITY the article said nothing about BLACKS or ILLEGALS,It stated 1/6 AMERICANS! That takes in consideration ''THE OLD I HURT MY BACK CREW?'' Those who can't afford HEALTHCARE because one tylenol cost $5 in any hospital stay, Get real!

August 31 2010 at 10:44 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

It is a shame that republicans blocked a public option in the Health Care Reform bill. This would have given many people an affordable health care choice and they would not have needed medicaid.

August 31 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Why doesn't this government quit giving aid to lawbreaking illegal Mexicans? Same thing with providing schooling and medical for their kids. We cut deficit programs for Americans but not illegals? Why??

August 31 2010 at 10:05 AM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply