Pantsuit Primer

Pantsuit Primer: The U.S. Welfare System

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From The Aid to Dependent Children to the current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, our welfare system has come in many different versions and forms. What does the history of welfare tells us about its purpose and whether or not we are currently fulfilling it?

Show Notes

"If the goal was to get rid of poverty, we failed": the legacy of the 1996 welfare reform

Vox's The Weeds - Welfare reform

Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act - Wikipedia

King v. Smith

Pantsuit Primer: The Affordable Care Act

On Tuesday, we're talking about the Affordable Care Act -- what it gets right, what it gets wrong, and where to go from here.  In advance, Beth takes a whirlwind tour through the 2,700-page law.  If you aren't familiar with insurance, the exchanges, and the myriad initiatives contemplated in the ACA, hopefully this 18-minute summary will get you started. 

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