Plans put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan and HHS Secretary Tom Price are 'unlikely' to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises—'but single payer could'
“Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern.
In 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program to address food insecurity in the United States, provided $70 billion in nutrition support to 46.5 million families and children living in 22.7 million American households.
Americans could save $1 trillion over 10 years by financing infrastructure through publicly-owned banks like the one that has long been operating in North Dakota.
Watch your wallets. Republicans are pushing a new corporate tax plan that will end up costing most of you a bundle. Here’s what you should know about the so-called “border adjustment tax."
Walls have a strong political connotation in post-war Europe. The most tragically famous was the Berlin wall built in 1961 to prevent citizens of the DDR (otherwise known as East Germany) from seeking refuge in the West.
A survey of about 1,500 extremely disadvantaged families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio shows teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters.
The election of Donald Trump may have come as a cold shower, but it was to be expected in a world that’s increasingly frustrated with a profit obsessed globalised economy.
President Trump has made it clear he intends to dismantle the Obama administration’s policies for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Older Americans with less money and education are much more like to suffer from chronic pain than wealthier adults with more education.
Like most Republicans, President Donald Trump has made it clear he intends to “fix” the federal government by “draining the swamp.”
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Feb. 9 upheld the restraining order on President Trump’s immigration ban.
Quality teaching is one of the largest influences on student learning. Yet, not all students have access to a great teacher.
Donald Trump proclaimed during his inaugural address, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”
There is a major flaw in the way we currently assess school students. By labelling them as either “good” or “poor” learners based on their overall grades at the end of each year, students have no clear idea whether they are making progress over extended periods of time.
In a recent study, American participants placed Muslims and Mexican immigrants significantly closer to the ape-like ancestor than Americans as a whole.
It is unfashionable, or just embarrassing, to suggest the taken-for-granted late-modern economic order – neoliberal capitalism – may be in a terminal decline.
As rents rise and independent businesses in Minneapolis lose their leases to large national chains, a first-of-its-kind co-op found a solution.
In his inauguration speech, Donald Trump used the phrase “America first” to describe his approach to governance.
Many people feel that the capitalist economic system delivers wealth to a few and somehow cheats the rest of opportunity
There is a wide recognition by economists and policy-makers that “the large differences in income per capita observed across countries mostly reflect differences in labour productivity”.
Traders and investors cheered this historic high of the world’s most famous stock market index, which is composed of 30 of the biggest and best-performing American companies and is frequently used as a barometer of the strength of the economy.
The story of contemporary globalization is, at its heart, the story of how we created a vast and impoverished working class.
Donald Trump tweeted on Jan. 6 that “any money spent on building the Great Wall (for the sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later.”
Access to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers.
Author George Lakey explains why Scandinavia tops world lists for equality, health, and happiness.
Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich.
The United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods and services have barely budged in recent years, the cost of drugs has surged.
As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency and lays out his agenda for our country, he will likely proclaim himself, as he did in the campaign, the voice of "the forgotten Americans."
A new Oxfam Report has a number of startling claims about wealth inequality around the world – the world’s eight richest people control the same wealth as the poorest half of the globe’s population
The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous.
Fear of and misunderstanding about free trade and globalisation brought us a turbulent 2016.
After President-elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos to become the head of the United States Department of Education, her name has spurred a great deal of conversation within the K-12 education community.
There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do – take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business!
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently pledged to make undergraduate education at the the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) system free for families making less than US$120,000 annually.
The first freight train from China to the UK has started its 12,000 mile journey from the industrial city of Yiwu in the east of China to London. Part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” project to link east and west, it is all geared toward strengthening its global influence.
My outlook for 2017 and beyond is that the U.S. economy will likely see another recession.
One of the greatest political challenges in the 21st century is coming up with a welfare system which is both effective and fair.
With almost half the world’s population now online, attempts to spread the internet continue unabated.
The racial health gap in the United States is well-documented. The gap starts with the infant mortality rate (11.1 blacks vs. 5.1 whites per 1,000) and extends to almost any health domain.
It’s difficult not to position the 60s in stark contrast to our modern age: it was a time of great upheaval, yes, but also a time of great optimism in which countless social freedoms were fought for and won.
Is water a basic human right or something with an inherent economic value? The answer to this question has led to decades of conflict in Chile.
Ever since 1944, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been a primary measure of economic growth.
'Our job is to encourage every person in this country to get all of the education they can, not to punish them for getting that education,' Sanders says in New York
After four years without an independent grocery store, the residents of Iola, Kansas, found a way to bring one back.
Imagine you received a Facebook message from a friend, for example, with news that your favorite football team is moving to another state.
In rolling back decades of social and environmental progress, will Trump also expose the Great Growth Con? The con promises that economic growth—measured by gross domestic product—will benefit everyone, rich and poor alike.
Since the late 1970s it has largely been the consensus that “big government” is detrimental to growth.
An idea gaining traction in various part of the world is that everyone in society should receive an amount of money from the state to cover their basic cost of living. People would no longer be stigmatised on benefits, argue supporters.
Employer associations are predicting a raise in the federal minimum wage will cause employers to lay off workers.
President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” A logical question is: With what?
The increasing cost of higher education and the resultant impact on student debt has received wide attention. Providing free tuition and reducing student debt were among the key proposals of the presidential nominees.
The first 1000 days of life – the period from conception to the age of two – are pivotal for any human being’s development.
Young people entering the workforce today are far less likely to earn more than their parents when compared to children born two generations earlier, new research shows.
China’s debt is beyond worrying. It’s credit-to-GDP gap, a measure employed by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) as a way to gauge debt levels, stands at 30%.
Since social scientists and economists began measuring poverty, its definition has never strayed far from a discussion of income.
In mid-November, while Americans were preoccupied with election returns, China sent some of its clearest signals yet that it will continue to pursue an international leadership role on issues including climate.
When federal crop insurance rules stymied Gail Fuller’s attempts to innovate, he knew something had to change.
What President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican sweep of government will mean for K-12 education priorities over the next four years is not entirely clear yet.
President-elect Donald Trump has a “vision” for an “America first energy plan”. This includes developing new oil fields in the US, creating “at least half a million new jobs” in energy, and promoting natural gas over coal in order to tackle emissions.
Mass deportations of up to three million undocumented immigrants are expected to begin in January, when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office and begins to turn his campaign promises into government policy.
A cancer diagnosis can be a serious financial hardship for many elderly and disabled patients on Medicare, with annual out-of-pocket costs ranging from $2,116 to $8,115, on top of what they pay for health insurance, a new survey shows.
Is it okay to talk to your young children? To read them stories at bedtime, discuss the flowers by the bus stop, be attentive as they describe their day? Let’s try another tack.
President-elect Donald Trump is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a damaging deal and deserves to be killed off. But he tells a half truth about why the trade accord among a dozen Pacific Rim nations is a bad deal.
The Arctic is experiencing an extraordinary heatwave – it’s 20C warmer than usual at this time of year (just imagine London or New York having T-shirt weather in winter).
Globalization is under attack. The electoral victory of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of an aggressive nationalism in mainland Europe and around the world are all part of a backlash to globalization.
At the Olympics in Rio this summer, Chinese companies supplied the mascot dolls, much of the sports equipment, the security surveillance system and the uniforms for the volunteers, technical personnel and even the torch-bearers.
The recent U.S. election exposed two major intersecting fault lines in America that, if left unchecked, could soon produce an era of social and economic upheaval unlike any in our history.
I’ve written before on how the decline of organized labor beginning in the late 1970s gave birth to the backlash that fueled Donald Trump’s election.
Pundits have been discussing the merits (or not) of Fidel Castro’s legacy as his body lies in state.
New research links income inequality with greater civic engagement among young people—particularly among young people of color and those of lower socioeconomic status.
Mexican migration to the U.S. is in decline. The Pew Hispanic Research Center has found that since 2009, more than one million native-born Mexicans living in the U.S. returned to Mexico.
Late on November 25 2016, it was announced that one of the last remaining iconic political figures of the 20th century, Fidel Castro Ruz, had died.
Teachers communicate with parents based on their racial and immigrant backgrounds—not just their child’s academic performance—research finds.
A common argument for the decline in employment in recent years is that more workers are dropping out of the labor force to live off public benefits, particularly Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
Repealing Obamacare was central to both Donald Trump’s, and the Republican party’s, policy platforms. The President-elect has since softened his stance and there are several Republican proposals to replace Obamacare with a more viable alternative.
Dear Bob, It’s been 35 years since your death, yet no other singer or songwriter has articulated both the condition of the marginalized and the humanistic potentials of psychic decolonisation more than you.
The focus of my research as a political philosopher is on matters of economic justice. I ask questions such as: Are markets consistent with justice? Is freedom enhanced through economic exchange? If so, why, and if not, why not?
Candidate Trump repeatedly called for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act during the campaign, but it is unclear what President Trump will actually do about the ACA.
Donald Trump may have won the American presidency by promoting himself as the candidate for the common people to overthrow the Washington establishment, but this recent populist surge is certainly not the country’s first.
US President-elect Donald Trump has proposed deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, which proved appealing to large blocs of US voters in key states. Many voters appear to believe that deportingc would boost job opportunities and wages for US workers.
A stream of commentary has set out to explain the electoral success of Donald Trump as a reaction to globalisation and neoliberalism. It points to a thread of populist anti-capitalism running from the President-elect to Bernie Sanders.
Trump's transition site says administration will 'modernize Medicare'—code for Ryan-style death by privatization
Donald Trump was an outsider who boldly stormed the citadel of Washington DC and won. He has promised real change, but his infrastructure plan appears to be just more of the same – privatizing public assets and delivering unearned profits to investors at the expense of the people.
Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency was followed with amazement and apprehension across East Asia. China in particular was on tenterhooks – and now it needs to figure out what to do.
Donald Trump stunned the polls and the pundits to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election. So what will his victory mean for the economy, businesses and financial markets? We asked four economic writers to weigh in.
Children who do not learn to read in the first few years of schooling are typically destined to a school career of educational failure, because reading underpins almost all subsequent learning.
Today the sun is shining during my commute home from work. But this weekend, public service announcements will remind us to “fall back,” ending daylight saving time (DST) by setting our clocks an hour earlier on Sunday, Nov. 6. On Nov. 7, many of us will commute home in the dark.
Most of us use products made in China every day and are aware of its growing economic power as a factory to the world. But China intends to become a developed nation by mid-century and integral to this ambition is its intense focus on innovation.
Amidst the partisan rancor and the unusual tilt toward questions on civility during the second and third presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew the attention of health experts when they articulated their path forward for health policy in America.
The two-headed beast that had blighted the economy throughout the 1970s and 1980s – inflation combined with unemployment – had been tamed, and the business cycle seemed to be a thing of the past.
If corporate money controls our politics, as Bernie Sanders and others have claimed, then how did the Republican Party, the reputed party of business, manage to nominate a candidate whom almost no one in Big Business supports?
In all parts of the United States, the number of neighborhoods that are home to a mix of black, white, Asian, and Hispanic residents is growing.
If there’s one thing that nearly all economists agree on, it’s that getting rid of trade restrictions is generally good for a country’s economy.
Clinical trials have been the gold standard of scientific testing ever since the Scottish naval surgeon Dr James Lind conducted the first while trying to conquer scurvy in 1747.
Job growth is a prime topic in the U.S. presidential race, but Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have very different takes on the role clean energy could play in creating employment.
The two largest soda makers in the US use their sponsorships of health organizations to bolster their image, which helps them lobby against public health bills, a new study suggests.
In a recent issue of The Economist, President Barack Obama set out four major economic issues that his successor must tackle
Tobacco companies want to sell you cigarettes – today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re at the tobacco counter or out with friends, glitzy cigarette packaging is a really important part of their sales pitch.
New research finds racial disparities in emergency treatment for certain types of pain, specifically backaches and stomachaches.