Health care spending

Most Medicaid dollars go to health insurers

Data: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services via Health Management Associates; Chart: Axios Visuals

Poor people spend more of their income on health care

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

People with lower incomes spend more of their money on health care, although wealthy people spend more in dollar amounts, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Why it matters: The cost of health care is growing more prominent as a social and political issue, and it hits low-income people hardest. Democrats differ on how far left they want to go, but Medicare for All is partially about redistributing these costs.