In 1970, 6% of the U.S. population was enrolled in Medicaid. What is this figure today?
About 22% of the U.S. population is currently enrolled in Medicaid. Medicaid also provides certain services to people who are not eligible for standard Medicaid coverage, like nursing homes for middle-class adults and childbirths for illegal immigrants. Thus, Medicaid pays for about 31% of all nursing home spending in the United States and 43% of all childbirths in the U.S.