The General Welfare

The General Welfare

One big number this week is the result of a new Gallup poll that finds, as the New York Times put it, “Nearly 9 in 10 US Adults Now Have Health Insurance.” This is in contrast to the same poll two years ago, which found the adult insured rate around 80 percent. The biggest changes, it turns out, happened in the Latino community and amongst people earning less than $36,000 per year. In all, 14.75 million people now have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, which, it turns out, has made care… wait for it…. affordable.

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Submit Your 'Overtime' Questions for Friday, April 17, 2015

Bill and his roundtable guests - Bill and his guests - Judith Miller, Neera Tanden, Jon Meacham, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Clay Aiken - will answer fan questions after Friday's show. - will answer fan questions after Friday's show.

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The Real Culture of Dependency

The Real Culture of Dependency

Now that tax day is upon us, it might be a good idea to look at who’s benefiting from federal taxes and who’s getting hosed. WalletHub.com just published their 2015 analysis of which states are most and least dependent on the federal government, and once again it’s the red states who are the welfare queens and the blue states who are footing the bill. New Jersey is the “least dependent” state, while Delaware is the state that gets the least return on their federal taxes (31 cents on the dollar!). And yes, the fiercely anti-Democrat, anti-tax Deep South states still lead the league in dependency. And irony.

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