There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons about racial reconciliation, the role of religion in politics, the purposes of politics itself and — oddly for a politician — humility that will always be fresh.
This is the first year individuals are required to tell the IRS about whether they had health coverage. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director Mila Kofman told me recently she's expecting some confusion around tax time.
"Try contacting the local [state health insurance assistance program] for one-on-one counseling," says Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute. You can locate your local program by searching this website.
It would be useful if supporters of the health-care law called a truce on gratuitous attacks against it. But Schumer is right in identifying the biggest problem facing our country. Restoring broadly shared prosperity is not just a good political issue. It’s the cause on which every other cause depends.
The demand for jobs that require no more than a high school education is surprisingly high, and growing. The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University predicts that by 2020, 55 million jobs will open up in the economy. Breaking these 55 million new openings up by educational requirements, only 35 percent will require at least a bachelor’s degree and only 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree, while 36 percent will not require education beyond high school.
Florida has managed to decrease the number of uninsured children in the state by more than 200,000 in the past six years. Still, 400,000 thousand kids, or 11 percent, remain uninsured in the state. That’s the highest rate in the South and fifth highest in the nation, according to the Georgetown Health Policy Institute.
The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.
Obama’s decision to back away from our government’s policy of ripping apart the families of undocumented immigrants has called forth utterly contradictory responses from Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives. It should now be clear that the two sides don’t see the facts, the law or history in the same way.
Between 10 percent and 30 percent of the undocumented population already pays taxes, so the president’s action could add an additional 70 percent to 90 percent, says Adriana Kugler, a professor at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a former chief economist of the Labor Department.
“They’re legally working, but they’re not citizens, so they're not allowed to actually claim any benefits. So if you get all of the benefits and none of the cost, it's a win-win,” she says.