About 1/6th of the American population is receiving social security benefits.
36% of these are the kin of the deceased. The rest are the actual beneficiaries namely retired workers. Medicare and social security are two federal programs that account for 36% of the total fiscal expenditure.
For most aged people, social security is the major source of income. Women form half of the beneficiaries in the list. The total amount spent on retired and disabled population int he form of social security is $54 million.