Medicare For All Would Cut Poverty By Over 20 Percent

By Matt Bruenig, People's Policy Project. -

The Census released its annual income, poverty, and health insurance statistics earlier this week. The summary report shows that 8 million of the nation’s 42.5 million poor people would not be [...]

The World Bank Needs To Understand Poverty And What It Actually Costs A Family To Live On

By Sharan Burrow, Ipsnews.net -

The World Bank’s extreme poverty line of US$1.90 a day is in fact not based on real estimates of people’s cost of living within countries. This explains why it fails to capture the desperation [...]

The Exploitation Time Bomb

By Jayati Ghosh, Project Syndicate. -

New Delhi – Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened. This trend, typically blamed on trade liberalization and [...]

Retirement Shouldn’t Mean Poverty

By Katherine Newman, Otherwords.org -

Vivian Majors spent her life cleaning houses while her husband, Martin, worked as a carpenter. Their bodies broke down in their 60s. Martin now lives in a nursing home and has Parkinson’s [...]

In Record US Expansion, Rich Get Richer And Others Not So Much

By Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters. -

New York - Last month Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour sold his guitar collection for $21.5 million, including one piece - his famed “Black Strat” Fender Stratocaster - that went for nearly $4 [...]

Man Builds Pantry Outside His Home To Feed The Hungry

By Mayukh Saha, Activist Post. -

To all those people claiming humanity is in shambles and moral values are dead — you have no idea what you are talking about. Yes, humanity has certainly taken some hits to the chest, but it is [...]

Poor Neighborhoods Need More Than ‘Investment’

By Amadi Anene, Otherwords.org -

Low-income neighborhoods need employee-owned businesses anchored to their communities, not investors looking to make a quick buck. Where some of us see distressed neighborhoods — where families [...]

How Inequality Makes US Poorer

By Staff, Stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com -

My chart shows the point. It shows the 20-year annualized rate of growth in GDP per worker-hour. It’s clear that this was much stronger during the relatively egalitarian period from 1945 to the [...]

Medical Madness: A Mother’s Choice Between A Child’s Care And Bankruptcy

By Sarah Kliff, Portside.org -

Two years ago, 36-year-old Lindsay Clark was facing a terrible decision. Her 2-year-old daughter Lily had gotten into a small bottle of the anti-nausea drug Dramamine. “It had a child lock on it, [...]

What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty And Inequality Through Tax Policy

By Sarah Anderson and Chuck Collins, Inequality.org -

States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of the new federal tax law that lowers taxes on the wealthy, and make [...]

What States Can Do To Reduce Poverty And Inequality Through Tax Policy

By Sarah Anderson and Chuck Collins, Inequality.org -

States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of the new federal tax law that lowers taxes on the wealthy, and make [...]

How A Free Meal Program Affected Federal Poverty Stats

By Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report. -

In 2014, schools had a new way to give students free breakfast and lunch, paid for by Uncle Sam. Instead of asking low-income families to apply for the meals, a school district could opt to give [...]

Low-Income Medical Marijuana Patient Evicted For Doctor Recommended Therapy

By Kevin Mahmalji, NORML. -

Up until a few years ago low-income housing that received federal subsidies were required to maintain a “drug-free” environment. This meant that if anyone living in subsidized housing was caught [...]

By the Best Definition, The Poverty Rate Should Be Tripled

By Paul Buchheit, Commondreams.org -

The World Bank defines poverty as "pronounced deprivation in well-being," not only of material needs but also of health and education and security and public voice and the "opportunity to better [...]

Over Half Of Americans Delay Or Don’t Get Health Care Because They Can’t Afford It—These 3 Treatments Get Put Off Most

By Shawn M. Carter, Cnbc.com -

A nurse listens to a client's chest at the Spanish Catholic Center agency of the Diocese of Washington Catholic Charities. With open enrollment for many medical plans in full swing, health [...]