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One in Six Americans on Government Anti-Poverty Programs

USA Today reports:

–More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, up 17 percent since the recession began in December 2007. And that’s before Obamacare will add 16 million more to Medicaid’s rolls. The cost of the program is up 36 percent.

–More than 40 million Americans receive food stamps, up 50 percent in the same time period. The cost of the program has increased by 80 percent.

–10 million receive unemployment benefits, a fourfold increase from 2007, and down from a peak of 12 million in January of this year. The cost of the program has more than tripled.

–More than 4.4 million Americans receive welfare payments, an 18% increase during the recession. The cost of the program has increased 22 percent.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster has been news editor of National Review Online since 2009, and was a web site editor until 2012. His work has appeared in The American Spectator, The American ...

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