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.
“People who assume that whatever plan worked for them in the past is the best option for them in the future can sometimes miss out on a chance to get better benefits or save money,” says Jack Hoadley, an analyst and researcher with Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute.
Adriana Kugler, a former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama administration and a professor at Georgetown University, said lifting undocumented immigrants into the legitimate workforce would have a significant impact on Social Security’s long-term future.
“The net contribution over the next 30 to 40 years will be very crucial in alleviating the pressure on the system,” said Kugler. “That’s really key because it’s a time when a lot of people will be retiring.”
"Our entire focus for this second open enrollment is to find people without coverage and get them covered," said Mila Kofman, executive director of the Health Benefit Exchange Authority, which oversees D.C. Health Link. More than half of signups on the individual market during the first round of open enrollment came from people who said they were previously uninsured. But otherwise, there's no good data on how many people are uninsured, she said.