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IPI's Merrill Matthews: Obamacare Means More Than 50 Percent of Americans Get Government Benefits

By    |   Thursday, 03 July 2014 02:57 PM

Thanks to Obamacare, more than 50 percent of Americans likely receive government benefits, says Merrill Matthews, resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas.

"Obamacare has pushed us over the entitlements tipping point," he writes on Forbes.com.

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In 2011, 151 million out of an estimated 306.8 million Americans, or 49.2 percent, received some type of government benefit, according to the Census Bureau.

Since then, 6 million to 7 million Americans who registered for Obamacare qualified for government subsidies, according to White House data. Another 3 million signed up for Medicaid.

Adding 10 million to the total means that 161 million Americans, or about 52 percent, receive government benefits, Matthews writes.

"And Mr. Entitlement is just getting started," he says. "If Obamacare is not repealed, millions more will join the swelling rolls of those dependent on government handouts."

Not all of the benefits are handouts, Matthews notes. Senior citizens paid in to receive Social Security and Medicare. "But attitudes can change once people are on the receiving end of benefits, even if they are owed those benefits," he writes.

The benefits certainly haven't eliminated poverty. As of 2010, according to a new Census Bureau report, 25.7 percent of Americans lived in "poverty areas." Those are neighborhoods in which at least 20 percent of residents have income below the poverty level.

The 25.7 percent represents an increase from 18.1 percent in 2000.

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