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Dissecting a common talking point about the war on poverty.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jan 12, 2014
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Economists disagree on lots of things about the minimum wage. Except this point.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jan 4, 2014
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A primer on what this emergency unemployment program is, why it's shrinking, and what the arguments for and against renewing it are.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 26, 2013
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A primer on what this emergency unemployment program is, why it's shrinking, and what the arguments for and against renewing it are.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 23, 2013
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A new study finds that the safety net has cut the poverty rate for seniors and children significantly since 1967. Yet poverty for working-age adults has barely budged.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 10, 2013
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A new study finds that Americans aren't going on disability when their unemployment insurance expires.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 3, 2013
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Grady Hospital in Atlanta shows the challenges awaiting safety net hospitals in states that do not expand Medicaid.

  • Max Blau
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  • Jun 26, 2013
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The official poverty measure says 9 percent of seniors are in poverty. But an arguably superior metric puts it considerably higher.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 20, 2013
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New America Foundation is proposing a big new expansion of Social Security, instead of the usual ideas for cuts. Why? The existing retirement system is broken.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 3, 2013
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There are now roughly 8.8 million Americans receiving federal disability benefits, a number that has doubled since 1995. One big reason? Simple demographics.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Apr 1, 2013
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NPR has brought attention to potential problems with the nation's most important safety net for the disabled. How can they be fixed?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 29, 2013
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Dylan Matthews and I discuss a recent This American Life story about the growth of America's disability insurance program, which now costs $260 billion a year.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 28, 2013
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Putting the extraordinary growth of America's disability insurance system -- which now costs some $260 billion per year -- in context.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 28, 2013
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In his budget, Paul Ryan wants to use the 1996 welfare reform law as a model for Medicaid and food stamps. So how would that work?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Mar 12, 2013
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For stingy countries, public works programs tend to be more effective than just handing out cash. The operative word, of course, is "tend".

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 7, 2013
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More than a quarter of the people who are eligible for food stamps don't sign up, and the elderly are among the least likely to participate.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Jun 27, 2012
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