Melissa Block talks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They react to President Obama's remarks Friday about race and the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Not everything needs to be a fight. We ought to be able to have nonpoliticized conversations about issues that are this important. Sometimes, rather than throw a punch, it might be more productive to just join the conversation. Friday was one of those days.
Mila Kofman, D.C. Health Link’s executive director, said the pricing adjustments — made by Aetna, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare — show the exchange is “absolutely already working to create real competition.”
It's true that minimum-wage earners don't all come in one size, said Harry Holzer, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University whose research has focused on the low-wage labor market. "And we know in fact that only about 20 percent of the people who earn the minimum wage live in poor households," he said. Some are younger workers or people bringing in a second-income to a household. A third category are poor single-earners, he added.
Holzer says documented immigrants would bring more money into the U.S. treasury. “They would pay the full range of taxes on their incomes," he explains. "And that would be a net plus. The numbers were quite striking on that.”