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Do You Support ‘Universal Child Care’?

Do you support Universal Child Care proposals?

by Countable | 2.19.19

What’s the story?

  • Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has rolled out a plan for universal child care.
 “In the wealthiest country on the planet, access to affordable and high-quality child care and early education should be a right, not a privilege reserved for the rich,” Warren wrote in an essay on Medium.

What would the plan do?

  • The Universal Child Care and Early Learning program would provide free child care to families whose earnings are below two times the federal poverty level.
  • No family would ever pay more than 7% of their income for access to child care among the providers included in this proposal.
  • The plan is estimated to cost nearly $700 billion, and would be paid for using revenue from Warren’s proposed “wealth tax.”

What are people saying?

  • "My plan will guarantee high-quality child care and early education for every child in America from birth to school age," Warren wrote.
"It will be free for millions of American families, and affordable for everyone. This is the kind of big, structural change we need to produce an economy that works for everyone."
  • The National Review called Warren’s plan “misguided.”
  • “This may sound appealing to those concerned about families with young children struggling to make ends meet,” they wrote, “but it could backfire on many families who prefer family-based care.”
“Warren’s approach would heavily subsidize the one child-care choice that most parents say they prefer least — day-care centers — over others, such as sacrificing income to keep a parent at home or having a grandparent or other family or community member care for children.”
  • In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump touted his recent doubling of the child tax credit, as well as his plan for nationwide paid family leave.

What do you think?

Do you support Universal Child Care? Or do you agree with the National Review that “it would be far better to focus on making life more affordable for all families, by reforming tax and regulatory policies that drive up the cost of living and make it more difficult to live on one income”? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Martha
    Voted Support
    02/19/2019
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    Universal child care would be beneficial to individual families, as well as our broader economy. It would allow many women to enter the workforce that otherwise can't due to the expense of childcare. However, I'm sure the Republicans would never support this proposal since they are anti-family, despite their "family friendly" rhetoric.

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  • Patrick
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    If you want children, the cost of raising them goes along with the cost of child care. If you know that you’re going to need child care, you need to plan accordingly. I shouldn’t have to pay for helping raise someone else’s children.

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  • HardcoreModerate
    02/19/2019
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    Hmm... I wonder how many people who oppose ideas like this one are also proponents of anti-abortion bills?

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  • Justin
    Voted Support
    02/19/2019
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    Everyone claiming to be “pro-child” or “pro-family” should be for it. Otherwise, your anti-choice stances are rooted in a deep, misguided hypocrisy

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  • Peggy
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    If you have children you support them. It is not a ticket to socialism.

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  • Craig
    02/19/2019
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    I do support universal child care. We already have the public school model. Two problems now are child care is very expensive and hard to find. This should be a community expense.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    More socialist ideology! We are free to use whatever we deem necessary. We need to be personally responsible to take care of our own children or hire somebody to take care of them. It’s not the governments job in any fashion! We should not be subsidizing childcare for everyone. What is next subsidizing everybody’s electric bill water bill house car when does it stop? Socialist only want these things so they can control you and your family! There she goes trying to buy votes again.

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  • James
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    Child care is no more of a right than health care. Sure kids are expensive. But if you can’t feed them, don’t breed them. Try something you liberals really suck at, its a little thing called personal responsibility. It’s not my job to work, pay taxes, just to support your kids. That is YOUR JOB! The Declaration of Independence states that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, that being Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. You are free get off of your lazy ass and make it happen, you are not entitled to anything at someone else’s expense.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Support
    02/20/2019
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    A actual pro life pro child pro family bill. Look at who it NOT sponsored by. Republicans.

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  • B.R.
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    I rather have a plan that focuses on making the cost of living more reasonable for all. It is not fair to expect someone else to pay for another's child care. No offensive, but someone who decides to have children should carefully consider the financial costs prior to doing so.

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  • Susan
    Voted Support
    02/19/2019
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    More people, especially single mothers, would be able to better themselves by working or going to school so they can get better jobs if this were in place.

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  • Sharon
    Voted Support
    02/19/2019
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    More than thirty years ago when I was an employed, degreed single mother of three young children I spent more than 50% of my income on marginal child care. Affordable access to good child care is crucial for all of us, the country, the children and the mothers. Without a lot of support from my family ( who were all also employed) my family would not have survived.

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  • JTJ
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    No one has a right to demand service from another. Whether child care, healthcare, or auto care. You want service, you pay for it, YOURSELF.

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  • James
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    I support every parent taking responsibility for that offspring they brought in to this world and raising the RIGHT! That’s what I support! You hade em you take care of em ! Not the Tax Payer! Those are not my kids! Get Granny or a Nanny or babysitter! Or one of the two of you, if there are two responsible parents, stay home and RSISE YOUR KIDS! It’s not the taxpayer’s responsibility!

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  • ProblemsOverParty
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    This sounds like a fair general welfare project in theory But it will inevitably become socialism in practice

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  • Mark
    Voted Oppose
    02/20/2019
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    Universal childcare? No. Indoctrination beginning at age 5 is soon enough.

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  • Stewart
    Voted Support
    02/19/2019
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    Making it hard or even impossible to raise kids on a single income and offering no federally subsisted help doesn’t make people tough, it makes them fucking angry. Behind every success story their is some sort a support system, if you say you did it all on you’re own you’re full of it

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  • JDMA
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    I oppose it not because I don’t think children should have access. My issue is with how she wants to provide it. This doesn’t address costs and eligibility. This is another “carte blanc” that would allow the medical industry to over charge for procedures and states like CA and NY to give access non-US citizens. Just because we are the “richest” country in the world doesn’t mean we have the means to pay for every pie in the sky idea. It’s a noble idea. But damn, pay off the national debt before you screw over the next generation.

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  • Kari
    Voted Support
    02/19/2019
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    You can’t have “family values” if you make it impossible for citizens to have families. Everyone deserves the right to pursue happiness, regardless of income. Having a family is a huge part of most people’s lives, and it shouldn’t be riddled with debt and high stress.

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  • Liz
    Voted Oppose
    02/19/2019
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    There’s the FREEBIES again!!!!! Get out and work and you can afford it!!!

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