How Many People Have Medicare?

How Many People Have Medicare?

It's not a matter of how many people have medicare.

It's how many people are using it?

And if you look at the Medicare recipients and the people on the social safety net, you see that they're using them in greater numbers.

The number of people on food stamps has gone up by 12 million.

The number of people on Medicaid has gone up by eight million.

The number of people on disability has gone up by seven million.

So people are using food stamps, Medicaid, and disability.

And you could make the argument that they're basically the safety net.

The three big programs, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, are the ones that are growing. Their costs are growing.

What do you think is the impact of the Affordable Care Act?

It's a very hard question. I think the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction. It covers a handful of people. But the number of people it covers is nothing compared to the number of people who are eligible for food stamps or Medicaid or disability. So it's a step in the right direction, but it's not a solution to the problem. It's not an alternative to the safety net. It's not a way of lowering the number of people who require the safety net.

So the Affordable Care Act might mean that there are fewer people who need food stamps or Medicaid or disability, but I think if you look at the numbers, you realize that there are still just as many people who need those programs.

What do you think is the most important thing to know about poverty today?

The most important thing to know about poverty today is that it's a much bigger problem than just the people who are poor. There are basically two groups of poor people. There's a group of people who are on the safety net. They're the working poor, who are in poverty because they don't have a job. They're not in poverty because they've been out of the work force for 30 years. They need help.

Some of them need food stamps, some of them need Medicaid, some of them need disability. Some of them need jobs. Some of them need more education. Some of them just need more training. Some of them need better child care. Some of them need other forms of assistance. But basically, they need help.

The other group of people who are poor, who are in poverty, are basically people who have been out of the work force for 30 years. They don't have a job. They have mental health problems. They have physical health problems. They have substance abuse problems. They have criminal records. They're basically not employable, and they're not on the safety net.

The real problem is that we have a whole bunch of people in the safety net, and we have a whole bunch of people who aren't in the safety net. And we have to figure out how to get the people who aren't in the safety net into the safety net.

One of the reasons that the safety net is becoming an ever-growing part of our economy is that the job market is weak.

Exactly. The safety net is growing, but it's growing for a very specific reason. That is because the job market is weak. When the job market is weak, when there aren't enough jobs, you have people who have a hard time getting a job. You have people who are losing a job. You have people who are losing their jobs. You have people who are getting jobs that aren't good enough.

You have people who are getting jobs that pay too little. You have people who are getting jobs that don't have health care. You have people who are getting jobs that don't have retirement benefits. You have all of that.

The basic problem is that the job market is weak. And so we're not doing anything to deal with that problem. In fact, we're doing things that make the job market weaker. And we're making it harder for people to get jobs.

What are some of the things we're doing that make the job market weaker?

I'm referring to the government shutdowns. I'm referring to the fiscal crises we have with the debt ceiling, with the budget.

I'm referring to the fact that we've cut the safety net. We've cut food stamps. We've cut Medicaid. We've cut other social programs. We've cut the education budgets. We've cut the housing budget. We've cut the jobs budget. We've made it more difficult for people to get jobs.

We've made it harder for people to get food stamps. We're up to 47 million people who receive food stamps. A number of states have cut back on those benefits.

So we've made it harder for people to get health care. We've made the health care system weaker. We've made the health insurance system weaker. We've made the economy weaker. We've made it harder for people to get jobs. We've made it harder for people to get education. We've made it harder for people to get child care. We've made it harder for people to get housing.

We've made it harder for people to get all those things that are the building blocks of a decent life, and a decent job.

So the government is making it harder for people to get the very things that are needed for people to get jobs and get out of poverty.

And all of that creates poverty. All that creates poverty.

What would you like people to know about poverty in America?

What I would like people to know is that it's a much bigger problem than just the people who are poor. We have a lot of people who are working hard, who are working full time, who are working two and three jobs, who are not getting out of poverty. We have a lot of people, because of the way our economy is structured, who aren't able to get enough hours of work to get out of poverty.

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