Obama Budget to Spend 1.5 Times as Much on Health Care as on Defense

By Matt Cover | February 13, 2012 | 3:19pm EST

Copies of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 budget arrive at the House Budget Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama’s 2013 budget will spend 1.5 times as much money on health care as on Defense, including the cost of the continuing war in Afghanistan in 2013.

According to the budget proposal, Obama will spend a combined $941 billion on federal health care spending, including Medicare, Medicaid, and funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which administers ObamaCare programs as well as the National Institutes of Health.

By contrast, Obama wants to spend $614 billion on Defense, including funds for so-called Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), primarily for the war in Afghanistan.

Obama’s base budget request for HHS is $76.4 billion for 2013, an increase of $300 million over fiscal year 2012.

Obama’s planned Medicare spending for 2013 is $528.6 billion, while his proposed Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) spending is $293 billion.

Obama’s Defense Department spending proposal for 2013 is $525.4 billion while his OCO spending request is $88.5 billion – total $613.9 billion

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