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MORE Americans now receiving welfare than the total population of the Philippines

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
October 25th, 2013
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According to the Census Bureau, Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines!

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs. At that time, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011, which included both private-sector and government workers.

Thin short, there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every one person working full-time year round.

A means-tested government program was defined by the bureau as  "anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits from the program." Many of these people lived in households receiving more than one form of means-tested benefit at the same time.

Among the 108,592,000 people who fit the Census Bureau's description of a means-tested benefit recipient in the fourth quarter of 2011 were 82,457,000 people in households receiving Medicaid, 49,073,000 beneficiaries of food stamps, 20,223,000 on Supplemental Security Income, 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 13,433,000 in public or subsidized rental housing, and 5,854,000 in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Also among the 108,592,000 means-tested benefit recipients counted by the Census Bureau were people getting free or reduced-price lunch or breakfast, state-administered supplemental security income and means-tested veterans pensions.

People who received non-means-tested government benefits from programs such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and non-means-tested veterans compensation are added to those who received means-tested government programs such as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income and public housing, the total number of people receiving government benefits from one or more programs in the United States in 2011 climbs to 151,014,000, according to the bureau.

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