Posts from Ethan Rome

Trump’s Child Care Proposal Is Bad And Unfunded

Ethan Rome Executive Director, Health Care for America Now!

The list of problems with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s latest child care proposal is long. It caters to the rich, does little to help working families, does nothing to help the poorest parents, and includes an ill-conceived maternity leave scheme that actually hurts women who work outside the home.

If the basic test of a child care proposal is whether it makes quality care more affordable for the majority of America’s struggling families and pays providers what they’re worth, Trump’s plan fails. However, his plan does show that Trump is unfamiliar with the realities of work and life in this century, and totally out-of-touch with the daily challenges most Americans face balancing the demands of making a living and raising a family.

Trump also fails to fund his proposal, except the maternity leave scheme, which he pays for by an unworkable and reckless raid of unemployment insurance. At the same time, Trump’s other proposals would give massive tax breaks to the very wealthy, blowing a huge hole in the budget while doing nothing to help families who most need relief.

One way we could fairly fund quality, affordable child care and pre-K for every child in our country would be to require America’s tax-dodging corporations, the ones that take advantage of outrageous rules that allow them to “offshore” their profits, to finally pay their fair share of taxes.

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27,000 May Die in 2014 Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

Ethan Rome Executive Director, Health Care for America Now!

A majority of Republican governors and state legislators, driven by relentless political opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have rejected billions in federal funding, denied millions needed health care and consigned thousands to premature death by refusing to extend Medicaid to their own residents.

Governors and lawmakers in 25 states who rebuff federal support to expand state Medicaid programs to 4.8 million low-income people under the ACA are sacrificing thousands of lives and pushing away enormous economic development opportunities that come with $426 billion in direct funding over 10 years, according to a new report by Health Care for America Now.

Research at the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that the refusal of federal Medicaid funds may result in the deaths of 27,452 Americans in 2014 as those states ensure that mortality rates for low-income adults remain at a significantly higher level, according to the report. Residents of states rejecting Medicaid expansion face a declining quality of life with less economic opportunity and destabilized hospitals -- including some that will be forced to close.

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