Change: Obama Brings America It’s First $1 Trillion Cabinet Department Budget

The Department of Health and Human Services budget, as a part of Obama’s overall budget, hit $1 trillion this year.

That’s larger than the entire budget of the United States in 1965, and it’s also $170 billion larger than the Department of Defense.

( – The Department of Health and Human Services will become the nation’s first-ever $1-trillion-per-year U.S. Cabinet department in 2014–the first year President Barack Obama’s health care law will be fully implemented–according to the budget projections released by President Obama yesterday.

In fact, HHS already is costing American taxpayers more per year in inflation-adjusted dollars than the entire federal government cost back in 1965, the year President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed Medicare into law.

Medicare is the single most costly program in HHS.

This year, according to the Obama budget, HHS will spend $909.7 billion. That makes it the most expensive Cabinet department in the U.S. government, exceeding the Defense Department—which will spend $739.7 billion this year–by $170 billion.

Keep in mind that HHS is tasked with administering Obamacare and Medicare. In other words, the HHS is central to America’s budget problems.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Brent

    The obvious solution for Obama and Congress is to increase “defense” spending. I see no reason why this wouldn’t happen.

  • Mountainmouth

    I understand a thousand $ and a million $. A billion $ is a number that I know exists but have difficulty envisioning. A trillion $ seems surreal.

    Given the road this administration has taken, I doubt they even recognize it as a number. It is just a word they bandy about and have learned to use. Like truth and honor – They can pronounce the words but they have no application in their world

    When we have confirmation that the cabinet has paid all personal taxes, I might think them capable of understanding finances and budgets.

    Rumor has it that Tim Geitner removes his shoes and pulls down his pants to count to 21.
    I think he has little understanding of Trillion

  • Goon

    I think the thing that should scare is more is Kathleen So-Sillyous is in charge of the HHS… The woman is a functional moron.

  • Spartacus

    So is Sebelius’s kid paying enough taxes on his game his inappropriate jail house game he invented that mommy endorsed? Let’s look at this from a Liberal point of view. Profits need to be taxed. Sebelius’s son is an enemy of the state since he seeks personal gain (profit). Life in prison, right? Liberals?

  • SigFan

    Heard on the radio this morning that the number of people on the federal payroll just to implement and manage Obamacare exceeds the total number of federal employees in the entire government under LBJ. Now if that doesn’t show you what a monstrous drag on the economy Obamacare is and will be you are simply living in denial.

    Edit Add:
    I just read another piece that described the cost outlay as exceeding the cost of the entire federal government under LBJ. Either way, whether the number of people or the cost, this is ludicrous and should be a wake-up call to everyone.