ACA vs. AHCA (several resources) + Census embargo data + CarsonWatch

News. We’re paying attention to the Affordable Care Act vs. the American Health Care Act, right? Here are four key differences. And how AHCA could hit rural areas in particular. Linked to that, Trump’s plan for HUD could seriously hurt low-income families. And his overall budget slices domestic programs and foreign aid. In the tech realm, cutting social services makes the robotic takeover worse. And in particular locations this week, stories say that Illinois’ poor are more often victims of violent crime, and North Carolina town hall meetings are focusing on race, class and poverty.

Health care updates. Yup, this is what we’re all talking about. Here are your resources:
  • First off, the Congressional Budget Office released a report about the American Health Care Act. Essentially, 14 million Americans next year and 24 million by 2026 would lose health insurance, and people would pay higher premiums – an increase of 15-20 percent. It would also reduce the federal budget by $337 billion.
  • Kaiser polls find that Americans think the new plan will make things worse rather than better, especially for women’s health, the uninsured and premium costs.
  • Kaiser also created an interactive map to compare the tax credits under the ACA and AHCA.
  • The American Public Health Association sees the proposed plan as a health policy disaster. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) says it imperils health care and Medicaid.
  • Want to read the bill? The GOP set up a website for that. Download the 122 pages and read on.
Data resources.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services posted its first publication since Trump’s inauguration. It’s about the well-being of young children experiencing homelessness. After staying in an emergency shelter for an extended period of time, test scores drop and behavioral problems develop.
  • In jobs-related data, Pew says immigration will drive growth in the U.S. working-age population through 2035.
  • Also related to jobs, remote work is continuing to grow across several industries, Gallup says. I’m giving a TED talk about this at UGA next week, so the data is perfect timing for me. What does it mean for your community and the companies there?
  • Next week, the Census Bureau will post embargo data for county and metro/micro population estimates. Check for it next Tuesday at 10 a.m. EDT, and it’ll go public on Thursday.
Final thoughts. Fascinating announcement from the Poverty & Race Research Action Council: Several groups have launched CarsonWatch, a watchdog of Trump, Secretary Ben Carson and congressional allies to keep an eye on HUD programs. They want to document clearly any potential threats to housing and development programs. Very interesting! They’ve already noted a $6 billion proposed cut to HUD and several executive orders that could be harmful.

Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist