In a new Economic Snapshot, EPI's Josh Bivens outlines the economic impacts millions of Americans will face if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Bivens finds that the AHCA would increase out-of-pocket expenses for American families by $33 billion each year by 2026—in addition to 23 million Americans losing health coverage. Furthermore, the AHCA could slow job growth nationally by 1.1 million jobs in 2020 due to Americans spending more on health care and having less disposable income to spend on other goods. Read the Economic Snapshot »
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Summer has officially arrived in the nation's capital, and with it an influx of summer interns who will work in congressional offices—for no pay. In a new article, EPI's Celine McNicholas finds that at least three-quarters of all House offices employ unpaid interns. At the most basic level, McNicholas writes, unpaid internships undermine the central premise of our nation's labor and employment law—that everyone has a right to be paid for their work. But the lack of paid internships also limits the opportunities of young people whose families cannot afford to finance such an opportunity, ultimately contributing to the institutionalization of socioeconomic disparities.
On Tuesday, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the Schedules That Work Act, which is designed to give hourly workers more certainty about their work schedules. For millions of hourly workers, a predictable, stable work schedule is rare—leading to unstable earnings and making it difficult for workers to take care of their families. EPI research associate Lonnie Golden explains the significance of the bill, which requires that employees receive sufficient advance notice of schedules and have the right to request schedule changes. EPI's Janelle Jones writes that low-wage workers in particular would benefit from this legislation.
In the wake of Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods, The Washington Post spoke with EPI's Elise Gould about concerns that cashier jobs will be replaced with automation. From the article: "Elise Gould, a labor economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., said cashier jobs represent an important part of the economy. They're spread out across the country and employ workers of diverse backgrounds and ages. 'These are jobs that can help support a family,' Gould said." | People Are Worried Amazon Will Replace Whole Foods Workers with Robots »
Think Progress interviewed EPI's Rob Scott for his analysis of Trump's approach to trade policy in light of his bold campaign promises. From the article: "Scott sees the Trump administration as 'tinkering at margins with small problems' and ignoring the bigger picture . . .'[Trump's trade policy agenda is] not by any means sufficient to deal with our manufacturing and trade unemployment crisis,' said Scott." | Trump's Trade Rhetoric Was Key to His Campaign. Now It's Totally Incoherent. »
The Huffington Post spoke with EPI's Celine McNicholas about the acting solicitor general's decision to reverse the government's position in the Supreme Court case National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.—now siding with corporate interests in an important workers' rights case. McNicholas commented that "the decision to switch sides is a real departure from the standard practice . . . It's incredibly troubling that an administration that ran [a campaign] on leveling the playing field and giving workers rights is going to literally stand with employers and corporate interests." | Trump Administration Sides with Employers over Workers on Arbitration Agreements »
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