Article: What the 2017 Census Data Won’t Show About Families Struggling in the Trump Economy
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On September 12, the Census Bureau will release its annual data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the United States. These data, collected from the Current Population Survey for calendar year 2017, are expected to show that the national poverty rate continued the downward trajectory it has followed since 2014, measured by both the official poverty measure and researchers’ preferred Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which also counts tax credits and certain in-kind assistance as income. Yet despite this expected decrease, experts anticipate that the typical American family experienced only modest income gains in 2017—if any—and that health insurance coverage rates flatlined.
The article goes on to discuss several points:
- The Trump economy is squeezing everyday Americans while further enriching the wealthy
- The uninsurance rate is holding steady, but health care sabotage is poised to drive it up
- Administration policies threaten families’ basic living standards as the tax bill funnels money to the wealthy
Read the article, then ask elected officials or political candidates their stance on helping those who are living on the edge of poverty as well as those who are living IN poverty.
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