TCF policy associate Clio Chang reminds us of just how many parties will be affected by the Supreme Court's ruling of the King v. Burwell case.READ MORE
As supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrate its fifth anniversary, TCF president Mark Zuckerman and policy associate Clio Chang review the various arguments made by opponents of the ACA and see how they are holding up.READ MORE
The problem of mass incarceration expands further than reforming the criminal justice system; it also involves addressing the reach of Medicaid recipients. TCF fellow Harold Pollack spoke with Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute to explain how expansion of Medicaid coverage would assist inmates needing mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and medical care that may have landed them behind bars in the first place.
Think about who is not eligible for Medicaid before health reform. A low-income male who is not a veteran or a custodial parent, or who doesn’t qualify for Ryan-White HIV/AIDS benefits. They may have a serious substance abuse problem, but that wouldn’t qualify them for federal disability benefits. They, with the expansion, can get access to Medicaid simply because they are poor.
The full interview can be accessed here.
The problem of inmates receiving quality health services while incarcerated has been in the public eye for some time now, particularly because of prisons such as Rikers that have demanded reform from legislators. TCF policy associate Clio Chang brings another, less known issue into question, however, with her article that takes a closer look at Willacy County Correctional Center in Raymondville, Texas. The difference here is that Willacy is a federally contracted private prison that mostly houses noncitizens who have tried to reenter the US after being deported. The health services at Willacy fare much, much worse for a number of reasons, despite the recent riot by inmates there.
While public prisons like Rikers can become dysfunctional, the profit margins of private prisons can be greatly enhanced by having lawmakers send over more inmates. Thus it's no surprise that the three biggest private prison companies -- CCA, GEO, and MTC -- have spent more than $45 million on lobbying and campaign contributions since 2000.
Clio's article is featured in RealClearPolicy.
Yesterday TCF's President Mark Zuckerman wrote a piece on the King v. Burwell case and his first-hand experiences during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act as staff director of one of the three House committees that wrote, managed, and passed the law. The post was included in SCOTUSblog's afternoon report of the day's coverage of the case.
See the full round-up, including Zuckerman's article, on SCOTUSblog here.
TCF president Mark Zuckerman explains why the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell are dead wrong about the Affordable Care Act.READ MORE
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