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New Data Show Affordable Care Act’s Continued Effectiveness in Washington

The number of people in Washington State without health insurance continued to drop in 2016, according to new data released this week by the Census Bureau. In fact, every state has seen a decrease in uninsured rates since the Affordable

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Basic Health Program: A solution to continued lack of affordability among healthcare options

While rate of uninsurance has declined with implementation of Obamacare, a number of Americans continue to go without health coverage. The biggest reason, according to a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, is continued lack of affordability. Nearly four

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Health Care

Kochs’ ‘less government’ lacks logic

The Koch brothers are oil tycoons from Wichita. They inherited their oil company and initial wealth from their dad. They are multibillionaires intent on financing multimillion-dollar campaigns to elect politicians who want “less government.” Sometimes our mutual reliance on government

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Expansion of health coverage helps, but comprehensive benefits and quality care should be goal

New research examining the effects of gaining Medicaid coverage on health outcomes shows mixed results. With a number of states opting to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, many have questioned whether the investment will ultimately pay off –

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Marilyn Watkins: The importance of family and medical leave insurance

Marilyn Watkins: The importance of family and medical leave insurance

February 5, 2013

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Committee on Labor & Workforce Development on HB 1457 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance, February 5, 2013. Good morning. I’m Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute. I also

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Let’s Go Over That Fiscal Cliff!

Hurray for the Republicans! They saved us from defeat by defeating themselves. Now President Obama holds all the cards. He should just hold onto them. What about the fiscal cliff? Indeed, what about it? It is a fiction of rhetoric,

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Progressive Tax Reform

Four steps to a budget deal that will restore the middle class

Now that the elections are over, our national policymakers have turned their attention to the so-called “fiscal cliff.”  Of course, it’s really more of a crest than a cliff, and the problem was created by Congress in the first place.

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

A reality check on Social Security’s long-term financing

The U.S. Treasury recently published an interesting set of charts – 13 in all – about the state of the U.S. economy. The economic data underlying these charts – and the state of the 2012 economy – will likely determine

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Seattle launches Caring Across Generations campaign to bring attention to the care crisis

As the nation’s population ages – an American turns 65 every 8 seconds – more families are turning to paid caregivers and taking on caregiving responsibilities themselves. The local launch of the national Caring Across Generations movement (which kicked off

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave
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