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    Reducing the duration of unemployment benefits as a recession progresses can speed economic recovery.

Reducing the duration of unemployment benefits as a recession progresses can speed economic recovery.

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In the aftermath of the Great Recession, millions of Americans received extensions to their unemployment benefits – in some cases extending them to 99 weeks. At the end of 2013, these extended benefits expired, leading many to call on Congress to reauthorize their extension. But does extending unemployment benefits make sound economic sense? In new research, Stanislav Rabinovich and […]

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    In the current bitterly contested political atmosphere, the Supreme Court’s second decision on Obamacare has resolved little.

In the current bitterly contested political atmosphere, the Supreme Court’s second decision on Obamacare has resolved little.

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This week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of subsides which support federal health insurance exchanges which operate in the states under the Affordable Care Act. Richard B. Saltman writes that the core argument over Obamacare goes beyond the role of these subsidies and that many who oppose it do so on the grounds that it is an expensive […]

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    Supreme Court rules in favor of Obamacare subsidies in King v. Burwell: USAPP experts react

Supreme Court rules in favor of Obamacare subsidies in King v. Burwell: USAPP experts react

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On Thursday the United States Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for health insurance exchanges set up by the federal government under the Affordable Care Act. We asked our expert contributors for their reactions to the ruling. We will be periodically updating this post with expert commentary. 

The King v. Burwell ruling adds pressure on the GOP candidates in the 2016 presidential […]

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    In Congress, committees are still at the center of pork barrel politics

In Congress, committees are still at the center of pork barrel politics

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Is pork barrel spending still an important force for parties trying to shore up support for their vulnerable members? In new research which tracks earmarks across the twelve House Appropriations subcommittees in the 110th Congress, Austin Clemens, Michael Crespin, and Charles J. Finocchiaro find that the members who benefited the most from earmarking were those that sat on the committees – not […]

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    Despite fears about overregulation, we do need to have some caution about what our kids eat in school.

Despite fears about overregulation, we do need to have some caution about what our kids eat in school.

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A recent incident involving Double Stuf Oreos highlights the debate over how much supervision of what children eat at school is too much. Donald F. Kettl writes that while many are concerned about the overregulation of what students eat at school, it makes sense to take precautions against exposing them to things that can that can be genuinely harmful.
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    The rise of financialization has led to lower living standards and reduced growth in the U.S.

The rise of financialization has led to lower living standards and reduced growth in the U.S.

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The last 30 years has seen a massive rise in the importance of financial instruments in the American economy. But what has been the impact of this shift in corporate investment strategy? In new research, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey writes that the concentration of wealth and power in the financial service industry has led to lower living standards and weaker state […]

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    Expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit Improved the Health of Children Born to Low Income Mothers.

Expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit Improved the Health of Children Born to Low Income Mothers.

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) gives tax credits to those who are in work, but are on a low income. In new research, David Simon finds that the policy can benefit its recipients beyond income support. He writes that for mothers who qualify for the credit, an additional $1,000 in the value of the EITC reduces the incidence […]

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    Expanding Medicaid may also help to improve the coverage of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges

Expanding Medicaid may also help to improve the coverage of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges

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An important part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act was the expansion of Medicaid – something which 30 states have taken up. In new research, Jeffrey Clemens finds that not only does expanding Medicaid benefit those who gain coverage; it may also help to improve the performance of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. Since those eligible for Medicaid tend to […]

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    Some Veterans Live Longer in Prison: What We Don’t Know is Why and How

Some Veterans Live Longer in Prison: What We Don’t Know is Why and How

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There are more than 100,000 veterans in U.S. prisons, but until now, little has been known about their mortality rate. In new research drawing on new data from the National Corrections Reporting Program in three states, Jeremy Luallen finds that veterans admitted at younger ages have an increased chance of dying, while those who are admitted over the age […]

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    Inequality in Health Care Persists at the State Level, Especially in Red States with Diverse Populations

Inequality in Health Care Persists at the State Level, Especially in Red States with Diverse Populations

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In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which marked the most comprehensive reform of the American health care system since the Johnson Administration. This federal legislation makes the American states key political stakeholders for achieving major goals of the reform, one of which is to make health insurance coverage more inclusive and equal. […]

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