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Obama Takes Baby Steps Toward More Family Friendly Policies

TCF policy associate and child poverty expert Clio Chang digs deep into the politics of tax reform, cash allowances and paid family leave. Her statistics show that the amount of paid leave offered to workers is oxymoronic in terms of how much it costs to raise a child in the United States. One solution she offers is simply giving cash to families with children in the form of a child cash allowance. We can learn some lessons from other countries that have found systems that work in reducing child poverty in society.

We need only to look at the United Kingdom to see what a universal child cash allowance could do for the United States. In 1999, then-Prime Minister Tony Blair initiated an ambitious campaign to cut child poverty and increased investments in children, including significantly raising the benefit amount of the country’s existing child cash allowance. Jane Waldfogel, professor at Columbia University, calculates that overall, the average family received $3,200, and low-income families received $7,200 per year.

Read Clio's full piece in US News & World Report.

Tags: paid family leave, maternity leave, child poverty, cash allowances

Martin Luther King Wouldn’t Be Very Happy With This Medicaid Map

TCF fellow Harold Pollack describes how Martin Luther King Jr. was a staunch defender of not only race equality, but also of justice in the health care system. He uses an infographic map to exhibit what Medicaid recipients look like on a US scale:

Read Pollack's full article featured in Huffington Post.

Tags: medicaid, health insurance, health care reform

How Obamacare Could Help Prevent the Next Shooting Rampage

Bloomberg Businessweek mentions TCF fellow Harold Pollack in a recent article discussing one of his tweets that notes that the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion represents the fastest way to mitigate the frequency and likelihood of future attacks involving guns.


Read more here.

Tags: twitter, medicaid expansion, health care, harold pollack, gun reform, gun policy, gun debate

The best cancer care isn’t always the most expensive

TCF fellow Harold Pollack analyzes for Wonkblog the Institute of Medicine's new report, "Delivering high-quality cancer care: charting a new course for a system in crisis." The IOM's recommendations, Pollack writes, "are so obvious and yet would be so difficult to execute in our high-tech but unwieldy, costly and fragmented health-care delivery system."

"The IOM  makes plain that our cancer care system is particularly poorly organized to properly care for people with advanced cancers."

How to get help if your state isn’t expanding Medicaid

TCF fellow Harold Pollack quoted in The Reporter, a local Pennsylvania news outlet, on the problems people will face if they are ineligible for Medicaid and cannot afford subsidies. “This is a perverse situation where people may have to break rules to get health care coverage that the law intended to provide them,” Pollack says in reference to the possibility that applicants will overestimate their incomes. 

Keep the gummint out of my Obamacare!

TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler cited in Washington Monthly for her research on citizens' misunderstanding of legislative accomplishments. 

"[A]s Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler has found," Kathleen Geier writes, "many recipients of government largesse claim that they have never used a government program. Among the programs that beneficiaries deny receiving are the home mortgage interest deduction, student loans, Social Security, veterans’ benefits, unemployment benefits, and more."


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