101.5M to 97.2M: Gov’t Health-Plan Enrollees Outnumber Full-Time Private Sector Workers

September 19, 2013 - 3:21 AM
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For every one person working full-time in the private sector in the United States in 2012, there were approximately 1.03 people getting government health care. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - In 2012, according to data released this week by the Census Bureau, approximately 101,493,000 people in the United States got health-insurance coverage through government-run programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, military-related health-care programs, the Indian Health Service, and state-government-run health plans.

At the same time, according to Census Bureau data, there were only approximately 97,180,000 people who worked full-time in the private sector in 2012.

That means that even before the full implementation of Obamacare, there were already more people on government health care in this country than people working full-time in the private sector.

The approximately 101,493,000 people on government-run health plans in the United States also outnumbered the combined populations of the United Kingdom and Canada, which, according to the CIA, currently have 63,395,574 and 34,568,211 people respectively.

For every one person working full-time in the private sector in the United States in 2012, there were approximately 1.04 people getting government health care.

In fiscal year 2012 (which ran from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Medicare and Medicaid, spent $1.052799 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury.

The data on government health care in the United States comes from the Census Bureau’s annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage, which was published on Tuesday. The data on full-time workers comes from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, which is a joint project of the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Census report on health insurance said there were about 311,116,000 people in the United States last year. Of these, 263,165,000 had some kind of health insurance coverage and 47,951,000 did not. Of the 263,165,000 who had health insurance coverage, 101,493,000 million got it from the government.

That means 32.6 percent of Americans already get health care from the government.

The Census Bureau’s report on health insurance coverage was based on a survey in which the bureau asked people about their health insurance coverage in 2012.

The fact that there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in the United States in 2012 comes from Current Population Survey data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to that survey, there were approximately 114,809,000 people who usually worked full-time in the United States in 2012. Of those, approximately 17,629,000 worked for federal, state and local governments—leaving 97,180,000 full-time workers in the private sector.