The Entitlement Dilemma: Some interesting numbers

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

* According to the Census Bureau, nearly half of Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits.

* 45% of U.S. households pay no income tax, up from 39% five years ago. Half of those don’t earn enough to pay income tax, and the rest use credits and deductions that eliminate their tax liability. Most of these households still pay social security and Medicare payroll taxes.

* 13% of all U.S. households pay neither income tax nor payroll taxes.

* An estimated 47.4 million people are covered by Medicare today. Projections indicate that by 2030, that number will grow to 80.4 million.