Original articleJames Pethokoukis July 11, 2012, 1:40 pm
The original purpose of Medicaid was to provide improved healthcare access for poor people, while not turning the safety net into a trap. Under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Medicaid will be greatly expanded beyond what Congress originally intended.
In fact, as these charts show, it has already expanded beyond what Congress surely originally envisioned and, in the process, has created a terrible fiscal problem for the United States. (These charts and graphics come from a briefing today here at AEI, conducted by Gary Alexander, secretary of public welfare for Pennsylvania.)
A few scary factoids:
– In the 1960s, there were 18 workers per Medicaid recipient. Today that number is 2.5.
– The number of Americans on disability has risen 19% faster than jobs created during this recovery.
– There are just 1.2 private sector workers per 1 person on welfare or working for government.
– There are now just 1.65 employed persons in private sector per 1 person on welfare assistance.
Check out the charts and graphics for yourself:
1. Fewer workers and their tax payments have to support more and more Medicaid recipients.
2. The number of takers is now approaching the number of makers.
3. Medicaid and other welfare enrollment has exploded.
4. Medicaid enrollment is growing faster than economy.
5. Medicaid spending? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
6. Disability enrollees have exploded and are rising faster than job creation.
These charts show an out-of-control welfare state that is about to get even bigger, increasing both budget costs and dependency.