Pop Quiz: Who Gets the Benefit from Federal Entitlement Programs?

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Over the past few years, the benefits that America offers its citizens has become the center of a huge national debate as arguments about illegal immigration, budget cuts, and the rising cost of Medicare have resounded through the halls of Congress and the pages of America's newspapers. But who actually qualifies for benefits -- and how are they designed to work? In the process of investigating this issue, we compiled this little quiz. If you're interested in where your entitlement spending goes, take a peek!



Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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powermetal2000

So, providing life saving emergency medical treatment to anyone who needs it is a "loophole"? Regardless of how you feel about the poor or illegal immigrants, No one deserves to suffer or die because of their social and/or citizenship status.

November 03 2012 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gfejr

so they are allow $0 BUT are not declined care and this article won't tell you how much we DO spend on them anyway......

September 11 2012 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
donut999

First of all, SS and medicare are not entitlements. SS is more or less an IRA that has been poorly managed for years. Same with medicare for health care. You and your employer both pay in over your working life. Medicaid, food stamps, etc are more accurately branded entitlements. The hitch or problem is disability. Many drawing a check worked little or none most of their lives. Most folks that do not want real work do have another full time job--it is called working toward getting a "check". Spell that government check. Used to pay to have extra kids for this lot, and then there is always the "stupid" check along with bogus or borderline disability. Those truly disabled are entitled. The rest need to get off their butts and go to work.

September 11 2012 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jjdavas

The quiz is gar bage, it is trying to make like the hard working people are the ones getting most of the entitlement programs and we know that's not true.

September 11 2012 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jjdavas

Illegals DO NOT pay for anything, they do not pay social security or medicare taxes or any other taxes they do not have social security cards.

September 11 2012 at 11:30 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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wfreeberg

You are wrong. They may use false Soc Sec Cards to get the job but their employers take out Fed Tax, State Tax, and Soc Sec. If the employer didn't they would fined heavily or go to jail.

September 11 2012 at 1:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jjdavas

This story is complete garbage. They are trying to make like middle class white people are getting all the benefits from entitlement programs. Come on we all know who gets FREE handouts and NEVER paid a dime into the system.

September 11 2012 at 11:25 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jjdavas

First of all there is a difference between people who PAID into the system their whole lives and people who did not pay anything in.

September 11 2012 at 11:23 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

No quiz needed, the ones who benefit rightfully benefit are the ones who paid into it. Everyone else is just a leach looking for an entitlement. (government included)

September 11 2012 at 6:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James Stodola

Who benefits? Usually those who are too lazy to go out and get a job and work for a living. You know, the ones who are nothing but chronic system abuses, lazy good for nothing bums who would rather lay around and suck government teat instead of being a useful productive member of society.

September 11 2012 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jjdavas

Thank you, you are 100% rightt.

September 11 2012 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JimB

If ILLEGALS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL ...... WHY the hell are they getting it ......

September 10 2012 at 4:11 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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Frank

Guess you did not read. They do not qualify for medicade, but hospital do not turn patients away.

September 11 2012 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jjdavas

So who pays for them? The taxpayer and because of them health care costs go up.

September 11 2012 at 11:28 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down
chris1011

Good idea, jjdavas, just leave 'em to rot in the streets, eh?

September 11 2012 at 12:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down