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Trump asked black voters, “What do you have to lose?” The answer is health insurance.

  • On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump famously asked America’s black voters to support his candidacy, saying, “What the hell do you have to lose?” The answer, it turns out, is health insurance.
  • A new analysis from the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities finds that African Americans could be disproportionately affected by the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 
  • According to the report, more than one-third of African-Americans currently get their health insurance through Medicaid and 1 in 10 of them would lose coverage under the GOP plan.
  • The ACA allowed states to expand the number of people eligible for Medicaid to any individual or family making up to 138% of the federal poverty line. The Republicans’ replacement plan would roll back that provision over a number of years. Read more (3/17/17 11:47 AM)

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This is what’s wrong with our spending priorities  

Our country is starting to value prisons more than it values schools.

That’s the takeaway from a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), which examined state general fund spending between 1986 and 2013. When they compared education spending with corrections spending, the CBPP found that state spending on corrections has increased by 141% in the last three decades, while spending on grades K-12 had only increased by 69%, just under half as much. Spending on higher education rose 5.6% over the same period.

We’re funding the pipeline the wrong way.

The Government Is Quietly Giving Way More Housing Aid to Rich People Than Poor People

The Center for Budget Policy Priorities released a number of charts today that shows how much the federal government favors high-income households over low-income ones in housing benefits.

This largely results from the fact that homeowners receive significantly more aid than renters and high-income Americans are much more likely to be homeowners.

In 2012, the federal government gave out $240 billion in housing aid. Income data is not available for all of it, but of what is available, more than half went to those with incomes greater than $100,000 ($81.6 billion). Only $40 billion went to those with incomes less than $50,000.

Overall, high income households receive four times as much in housing aid as low-income ones.

In 37 states, error rates fell between fiscal year 2008 (the recession officially began in December 2007) through fiscal year 2013, according to a Stateline analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

During the downturn, many Republican lawmakers argued that billions could be saved by cutting waste, fraud and abuse in the program. A GOP-backed bill in Congress last year promised $30 billion in such savings, but the declining error rates cast doubt on that claim.

“The fact is that there are so many different levels on which the program is performing very strongly right now,” said Dottie Rosenbaum of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “It’s performing the way it was designed to.”


The “food stamp fraud epidemic” is  lie entitled rich people made up to excuse their attempts to starve poor people.