Faces of the Federal Budget

The Faces of the Budget project tells the story of the federal budget through ordinary folks' personal experience.

Over 3 years I incurred a million dollars of medical bills. With the help of Medicare I came through it still financially solvent. I would have been living in the street (if I was alive at all). More

Alton from Lakeland, FL | Map

I am 76, have HIV, a pacemaker and last year I had lumbar decompression surgery which left me effectively crippled. Last year I was taken off MEDICARE for reasons no one has been able to explain. More

Forrest from LA, CA | Map

The one thing that keeps [my father-in-law] going is the letter from Social Security...which tells him how much he has earned. That piece of paper really matters. It is a security blanket. A way out. More

Melissa from Stinson Beach, CA | Map

I'm waiting for 2014 [when ACA kicks in]. As of right now I have no other health care options. More

Meredith from Kingwood, TX | Map

I'm all for paying my fair share of taxes. I understand that paying taxes is part of your responsibility of living in a society. Nothing is free. More

Mark from Raleigh, NC | Map

I hope that as America moves into a more peaceful time we can decrease our focus on military and increase our focus on education. More

Sage from Belfast, ME | Map

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