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Nearly half (49.1 percent) of the American population lives in households that received some form of government benefit in the first quarter of 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported last month, citing US Census data.
This number has grown steadily since 1983, when it was 30 percent, and has jumped drastically since the start of the recession, rising 5 percentage points in only three years.
Programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, unemployment benefits and food stamps are a last resort for the millions of families in the United States that live on the edge of poverty. While the US poverty rate is 16 percent, according to the Census Bureau, nearly half of the population is considered “low income,” with incomes less than twice the official poverty level. (That threshold—$22,350 for a family of four—is absurdly low).
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