Many young people don’t think Social Security will be there for them when they retire. Coupled with the doubt about Social Security’s longevity is a general apathy toward learning its basic functions and how it operates.
Economic Prospects for Young Adults in the Recession
Revised April 9, 2010
Despite internships’ importance to the labor market as a crucial form of vocational training and pre-employment vetting, they are only loosely regulated through vague and outdated employment law.
The recession hits young workers particularly hard—they currently account for a quarter of the unemployed.
Inequality is strongly associated with poorer health.
Skyrocketing health care costs in recent years have posed challenges for all businesses, but small firms and their workers are at a particular disadvantage.
Deficit spending, when directed toward positive investments such as infrastructure and high-quality education, can generate important returns for future generations.
EPI Policy Memorandum #154
On October 13th, the Senate Finance Committee approved a health reform bill, making it the fifth Congressional committee to pass health care reform legislation.
For many seniors, falling prices of consumer goods will not offset rising health care costs.
An essential component of the health care reform debate is providing affordable coverage, or subsidies, to those who cannot currently afford health insurance. Legislation in Congress would limit the maximum amount families under 400% of the federal poverty line could pay on insurance premiums, but some policy makers would like to reduce that eligibility for subsidies. Such reductions would force many middle-income families to spend substantial portions -- easily 15% to 20% -- of their household income on premiums. A new EPI Issue Brief shows how reducing these subsidies will affect families in each of the 50 states.
"Cash for Clunkers" moves money from gas tank back into consumers' pockets.
The success of health care reform may come down to how we frame that pivotal decision This Issue Brief uses previously unpublished data to examine variations by industry in employer contributions to workers’ health insurance.
Reform should help distribute responsibility for coverage more evenly between industries
This EPI Issue Brief looks at the phenomenon of “deadbeat industries” that provide health insurance to comparatively few of their workers and their workers’ dependents.
A July 27 report from The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) finds that the health care reform outlined in draft legislation “would reduce the current burdens on small firms and their workers.” The CEA report outlines the benefits of a national insurance exchange that offers true competition between insurers, and bans both the exclusion of individuals with pre-existing conditions as well as the pricing of premiums based on health status, gender or age.
Policy Memo #145 looks specifically at the recently released Tri-Committee bill, favorably comparing it to EPI’s own proposal, Health Care for America.
EPI Issue Brief #258 explains the many ways in which small business will benefit from proposed health care reforms.
Employer-sponsored health insurance is the backbone of the U.S. health insurance system, but it is not enough, especially in this time of high unemployment. A public plan is essential to guarantee health insurance for all Americans.
Many leading policy makers, including President Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, have argued that the creation of a public insurance plan is a necessary part of comprehensive U.S.
Proposed changes to COBRA health insurance coverage won't help poor families.
August 12, 2008 | EPI Issue Brief #246
Social Security: Here today, still here tomorrow
Why today’s young workers should be confident about the program’s future
By Alexander Hertel
This August 14th Social Security will celebrate its 73rd anniversary, a good time to reflect upon a program that allows us to retire after a lifetime of work and keeps millions of people out of poverty.