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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) had three major provisions to promote expanded health coverage to Americans: a mandate for employers with fifty or more full-time employees to provide health insurance; an individual mandate to purchase insurance (with federal subsidies to assist families with incomes below 400% of the federal poverty level); and expansion of Medicaid coverage to all individuals with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level. (138% of the federal poverty line is now $16,105 per year for an individual or $27,310 for a family of three.)
While the stock market is soaring to set new records and CEOs are taking home cash and stock options, high rates of unemployment remain. The “official” unemployment rate for April 2013 was 7.5 percent, representing 11.7 million persons, of whom 4.4 million have been unemployed for at least six months.
It is important to note that, if this is an organic tradition, then there is more to be done. There are a number of questions either not addressed, or not adequately addressed, by the main documents in the tradition or that need repetition because we just don’t “get it.” Moreover, social and economic changes in the future will give rise to the need for new reflection from the perspective of faith.
An Equal Justice Initiative analysis shows how the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Gideon Decision demonstrates ongoing problems in indigent defense.
In a new report, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development finds that predatory payday loans in 33 states cost the American economy $774 million in 2011 resulting in the loss of more than 14,000 jobs.
A number of governors are seeking to eliminate state personal and corporate income taxes and substitute higher sales taxes. To assess the impact and morality of these proposed changes, one needs to look first at the current state-local tax burdens of state populations.
The Alliance for Responsible Lending in Alabama (ARLA), a large coalition advocating fair lending policies, gathered on February 28 at the state house in Montgomery to urge legislators to cap payday loans at 36% and to curtail automobile title lending.