By David Thomsen, Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, NCLR
All Americans should have the opportunity and ability to achieve good health. While we have made significant progress towards achieving this goal, we know that this progress has been uneven for certain communities. April is National Minority Health Month, and as it comes to a close, we want to take the opportunity to shine a light on the gains we have made, while addressing the remaining work necessary to reduce the health inequities facing our country. While we have a long way to go to reach this goal, many communities—including Latinos—have made significant progress under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Between 2013, when key provisions of the ACA came into effect, and 2015:
- More than four million Latino adults and 600,000 children gained coverage.
- The overall Latino uninsured rate declined from one in four in 2013 to one in six in 2015.
- The uninsured rate for Latino children experienced the largest two-year decline on record (11.5% to 7.5%).
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By Yuqi Wang, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR
In an attempt to squeak in a policy win during his first 100 days, President Trump released a tax reform outline this week. Unfortunately, the big tax reform reveal was simply a one-page outline that was thin on details. The little content that was shared makes it clear that the president plans to line the pockets of the rich and provide very little support to working families. The tax reform outline also runs directly counter to the Trump administration’s pre-election promises about tax reform—that reform would not reduce revenues, not cut taxes for the wealthy, and benefit working families.
The proposal places too much emphasis on rewarding the wealthy and corporations. Plus, there’s no way to pay for it, which means we’re looking at either a very large increase in the national debt, or huge reductions in federal spending, neither of which benefits middle-class workers.
As we close in on Donald Trump’s 100th day as president, we wanted to hear from our Action Network about how they thought the president was doing so far. So, we asked them to describe in one word how they have felt about Mr. Trump’s time in office.
The response was overwhelming.
By Amelia Collins, Policy Analyst, NCLR
The president proposed an ambitious student debt plan during the campaign last year. He called student loan debt an “albatross” hanging on the necks of borrowers, proposed a generous and streamlined repayment plan, and stated that the government shouldn’t “profit” off its student loan program. However, instead of using the first 100 days of his presidency to follow through on these promises, President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have rolled back crucial consumer protections for our nation’s 40 million student loan borrowers.
Let’s set the stage.