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Medicaid Population in U.S. Exceeds Population of Entire U.K.

Posted on April 8, 2014

The number of Americans who were enrolled in Medicaid at any time during fiscal 2013 exceeded the entire population of the United Kingdom, according to new data published by the federal government’s Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC).

Were Medicaid a nation instead of a U.S. entitlement program it would be the 20th most populous country on earth.

“The estimated number of individuals ever covered by Medicaid remained steady at 72.7 million in FY 2013, compared to 72.2 million in FY 2012,” said MACPAC’s statistical report, released on April 1.


Medicaid Would be 20th Most-Populous Nation

The United Kingdom has a total population of 63,742,977, according to the Central Intelligence Agency. Thus, Americans who were enrolled in Medicaid at some point last year outnumbered all of the people in the U.K..

The 72.7 Americans on Medicaid in fiscal 2013 also exceeded the populations of Thailand (67,741,401), France (66,259,012) and Italy (61,680,122), according to the population numbers published in the CIA’s World Factbook.

The latest report from MACPAC revised downward by 0.4 million (from 72.6 million) the number of people who had been enrolled in Medicaid in fiscal 2012. “The number of individuals ever covered by Medicaid grew by less than 2 percent, from an estimated 71.7 million in FY 2011 to 72.6 million in FY 2012,” said a MACPAC report released a year ago.

Medicaid, a federal-state partnership, is a means-tested entitlement program that provides health care to low income individuals.

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16 thoughts on “Medicaid Population in U.S. Exceeds Population of Entire U.K.

  1. mrsgunnut10 says:

    I would think this gross number of Medicaid Recipients is because of Obama's FEEBIE GIVE AWAYS. A great number of these Recipients are of the Illegal Alien Venue and not Qualified American Tax Paying Citizens. If we, as American Born Citizens, Get Qualified Conservative Congressmen, Senators, and a President , the effort should be made to "weed out' these Illegal Aliens and send them back wherever they came from. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

  2. http://www.nilc.org/immigrantshcr.html

    Note the part that says: "UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS – No federal coverage."

    Yeah, some might slip through the cracks, but you're an idiot if you think there's some mass conspiracy.

  3. Frankly, we should do away with health insurance companies – period – and get everyone on Medicare. Universal health care is working in every other modern, civilized country in the world, and it would work here as well.

  4. Scott L. says:

    You're funny. Who's going to pay for it.

  5. This what one could call an Obama healthcare coverage… Healthacre for alll whom Obana managed to lose for most or all of the American people.. Obama method keep the people poor amd him in office!!!!!

  6. When we don't make things as in produce goods, we ar only left to consume what other countries produce. How is this NAFTA working out for you??

  7. I don't think you have talked to anyone from Canada. It does not work for them. They come to the united states for health care because they can't get it where they live. We will not be getting it here before long.
    How does this math work for you we had aprox. 5.1 million on insurance that they chose to pay for and were reasonably happy with. Obama care started and those people lost their insurance. Obama says he signed up 7.1 million and without Obama care they would not have been able to get insurance. 7.1-5.1=2 million and that is probably giving more credit than what is due. The coverage is less and the cost is high. the insurance companies are guaranteed not to lose money because the law says the tax payers will pay them.

  8. You will need to talk to the vice president about that, he is the one going on the stupid morning talk show and telling Whoopi and her crew that now women can quit work because they have insurance. Who is going to pay for it???

  9. libertylouis says:

    Mrsgunnut10- you are probably right. But let me point out 'others' that are NEW to Medicaid. Like myself, in my upper 50's, unemployed and on Medicaid for the FIRST TIME in my LIFE. I'm looking for work but harder now for I'm in my 50's, but 3 weeks ago I found 3 Job Recuriters that help older men and women, so I feel 2 to 4 weeks away from a job. __What I'm hearing from 'almost' everyone I talk to is 1). their company is not covering Healthcare Insurance for anyone anymore OR the co's are cutting back to 29 hoours for 30 HOUR WEEK is the NEW FULL TIME WORK WEEK, so if you work 30 or more hours 'you may' have insurance due to the SIZE and WEALTH of your company. 29 HOURS WORK WEEK – you go get it yourself OR Apply for MEDICAID. 2). I know so MANY people out of work that they are on MEDICAID for the FIRST TIME in their life too! 3) then I hear those 6 MILLION people that lost their insurance – MOST were placed on Medicaid until they get Health ins IF they can afford which most Can't.

  10. libertylouis says:

    CONTINUATION: So the number is up for different reasons but the BOTTOM LINE it's called NWO – NEW WORLD ORDER (plan), this was planned by the DEMOCRATS and SOME RINO's and the PROOF is in "The UN AGENDA 21 PLAN" which is on the Government Website that people must check out for AGENDA 21 IS same as NWO. Hitler did this to his Country, Germany, would go BANKRUPT and ALL Company's did sooner or later (less than 8 years) and NO ONE had Work! This is ONE WAY YOU CONTROL the MASSES and take OVER. GOOGLE for easy reading: "Tom DeWeese Agenda 21". If you are 30 to 35 and older, you will get it for you have experience in your work life and will see it's TRUE for your life and see NOW what's happening and you get to see your very Dangerous and BLEAK FUTURE.

  11. libertylouis says:

    SHANE 'No Offense' but you most be VERY Young and don't realize that Medicare will be very soon BANKRUPT or currently is, so how is a Country like the US going to afford it IF we don't pay 80 Cents on the Dollar $$$ and then we will still go Bankrupt. It's NOT working in other Countries and a LOT MORE PEOPLE DIE. why do you think people come here to the US for Health Care. Cause they CAN'T WAIT (Socializd Medicine – you DIE waiting for care OR you don't gget GOOD Care cause the Government will NOT allow it). It's all part of NWO and "The UN AGENDA 21 Plan on OUR Government Website.

  12. profitup10 says:

    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Welfare has not worked and here is the proof – $ 16 trillion since passed and still the same percentage in poverty.

  13. bulldurham48 says:

    Of course Medicaid is growing as is obama trying to put more people into the Va care system, anything to make the floundering obama care look like it has a chance of living. It was born dead, not any possibility of being funded just a democratic pipe dream with a fool to introduce it. Poor obama did not even read, write or understand the bill, just let the democrats talk him into putting it forth and he wanting to be a hero did so. Now like the story of brer rabbit and the tar baby, obama has got hos foot stuck and can't get out no matter what he does or tries and looks more like a fool every day while the real guilty parties, the democratic leadership laughs at him and the mess that they put on him not themselves. Sad but true. The tar baby got him now.

  14. PatriotJay says:

    Shane, to which “modfern, civilized country in the world” are you referring? Canada’s people come here for anything serious, the UK is trying to privatize, Spain and France are broke because of entitlements and Germany is none too stable. HMS in the UK is first or second in the world’s largest employers as to number of employees and our Medicaid program is larger than their population. Free healthcare for all is a euphoric dream. My son-in-law earns a low to moderate income in the UK and pays about $5000 a year in HMS tax. How is that ‘free’?

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  16. profitup10 says:

    Government health care does not deliver the best quality – even in the Socialized parts of Europe like Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, France, England – It is joked about – only the Political class and the rich have excellent health care insurance – they all have separate policies and can even visit the USA for serious cancer and other issues.

    The poor and middleclass still are left eating cakes.