How much do you know about US entitlement programs? Take our quiz.

The push to reform entitlement programs is at the heart of debates about the future of the US budget. They include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (welfare).

2. What percentage of the 2011 federal budget was spent on entitlement programs?

The breakdown: 21 percent of the budget went to health care (Medicare, Medicaid); 20 percent to Social Security, and 13 percent to the safety net programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The breakdown: 21 percent of the budget went to health care (Medicare, Medicaid); 20 percent to Social Security, and 13 percent to the safety net programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The breakdown: 21 percent of the budget went to health care (Medicare, Medicaid); 20 percent to Social Security, and 13 percent to the safety net programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The breakdown: 21 percent of the budget went to health care (Medicare, Medicaid); 20 percent to Social Security, and 13 percent to the safety net programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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45 percent

 

54 percent

 

60 percent

 

75 percent

 
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