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Do federal, state, and local governments spend more combined money on (1) education, 2) healthcare, or (3) national defense?

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During 2017, federal, state, and local governments spent $1.5 trillion on healthcare. This was 61% more than spending on education and 98% more than spending on national defense and veteran's benefits. From 1959 to 2017, spending on healthcare rose from 3% of all federal outlays to 30%. In 2015, the Congressional Budget Office projected that under the federal government's current policies, the share of federal revenues spent on mandatory healthcare programs will rise to 41% in 2030, 60% in 2050, and 77% in 2090.

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