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

In this June 19, 2012 photo, Dr. Bruce Stowell examines patient Robert Busch at his office in Grants Pass, Ore. Stowell is among many doctors in rural areas who have capped the numbers of Medicare patients they take due to low reimbursement levels. (Jeff Barnard/AP)

The push to reform entitlement programs is at the heart of debates about the future of the US budget. Many Republicans want big changes as Medicare and Medicaid, in particular, consume a larger share of federal spending. Most Democrats merely want to ensure the programs' survival.

Entitlement programs include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (welfare). How much do you know about them?

- Correspondent

1. What percentage of Americans have received benefits from at least one of the six major entitlement programs?

Fifty-five percent of Americans have received benefits from one of the six major entitlement programs, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

Fifty-five percent of Americans have received benefits from one of the six major entitlement programs, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

Fifty-five percent of Americans have received benefits from one of the six major entitlement programs, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

Fifty-five percent of Americans have received benefits from one of the six major entitlement programs, according to a recent Pew Research Center study.

28 percent

 

47 percent

 

55 percent

 

71 percent

 
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