A 1998 video showing then State Sen. Barack Obama stating he wasn't thrilled with the 1996 welfare reform bill signed by Clinton in 1996. The bill that he is signing today will create a situation where the feds will encourage more people to take
“Elect me and your health care problems will all be over.” The people of Oregon fell for that line almost 20 years ago. Expecting Utopia, what they got was a reality check: long lines for a lottery to pick who’s covered and suicide coverage–instead
Each state is given a baseline number of expected adoptions based on population. For every child that DSS can get adopted, there is a bonus of $4,000 to $6,000 [from the Federal government]. A goldmine for Texas CSS?
Despite qualifying for federal school lunches, the vast majority of High School students across the country refuse to consume them because, as one student points out, being seen eating them "lowers your status."
For the first time in a decade, enrollment in the nations's health insurance program for the poor fell during the fiscal year ending June 30, says a new survey of of state Medicaid doctors. In turn, that drop led to the second smallest increase
Leave it to a socialist to provide the International Monetary Fund with its new agenda, basically the same old agenda. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a former finance and economics minister in French politician Lionel Jospin's "Plural Left" g
(Remember foreign aid is taking money from poor people in rich countries, and giving it to rich people in poor countries.) The World Bank on Thursday pledged a record $3.5 billion to aid the world's poorest countries as it cut the interest rate
France is bankrupt and can no longer afford to pay its workers generous salaries and subsidies, its prime minister has declared. Francois Fillon made the undiplomatic outburst during a trip to the French island of Corsica, where farmers
It was bad enough when Hurricane Katrina chased Carrie Lewis out of her assisted-living home in New Orleans. Now she fears the rest of her life may be spent in the isolation of a federally sponsored trailer park.
Blue corn isn’t subsidized like white and yellow corn, and that’s just not right. The growers feel hurt and victimized and, you know, invisibilized. They want to be an official government-recognized crop. And, you know, get the loans and subsidies. L
The trust funds for Social Security and Medicare will last a year longer than previously estimated, trustees said. That means 2041 for the Social Security trust fund to be exhausted and 2019 for Medicare.
The welfare state is bigger than ever despite a decade of policies designed to wean poor people from public aid. The number of families receiving cash benefits from welfare has plummeted since the government imposed time limits on the payments
There once were four individuals named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. Every day there was always an important job that needed to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. However, Anybody could have done the job, but Nobo
For nearly 20 years -- ever since Pete Costello was 8 -- his mother has collected disability benefits on his behalf. In meetings with Social Security officials and psychologists, he appeared mentally retarded and unable to communicate.
Taylor's job calls for finding ways to distribute food stamps to Geauga County's Amish. He might as well be trying to sell them cars. "No matter how much we do, the Amish won't sign up," Taylor said. "It's not somethin
In March, USA Today examined 25 programs, from Medicaid to the Earned Income Tax Credit. In nearly all of them, enrollment grew. Congress expanded eligibility for several, usually with the proviso that the recipients also work.
The libertarian notion of volunteerism, raising funds from voluntary payments, and free enterprise that the United States of America was founded upon has become an anachronism. Individual car washes, private solicitations by youth and private found
Medicare reimbursements to doctors are set to drop by nearly 5% next year, an amount that physicians say could make it harder for elderly patients to see a doctor. Mark McClellan, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicard Services
The law signed by President Clinton on Aug. 22, 1996, has transformed the way the nation helps its neediest citizens. Gone is the promise of a government check for parents raising children in poverty. In its place are 50 state programs to help those
States will have to step up their supervision of welfare receipients's work activities or face the prospect of losing some of their federal funding under regulations being issued Thursday by the Bush Adminstration. The new monitoring requirement
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