working poor

5 Stories

8M Poor People Still Not Covered by ObamaCare

They live in states that opted out of the Medicaid expansion

(Newser) - The new health-care exchanges set up under ObamaCare are now a reality , but a New York Times analysis finds a problem with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act that goes beyond software glitches . About 8 million working poor people who need health insurance still can't get it, with... More »

Recession's Consequence: Rise of the 'Working Poor'

One-third of working families near poverty

(Newser) - The good news: More people went back to work in the US in 2011. The bad news: Many of them took lower-paying jobs, leading to an increase in the number of working poor families that year, a new analysis shows. In 2011, there were 200,000 more working poor families—... More »

Why Working Class Americans Vote Republican

Gary Younge investigates a conundrum that vexes liberals

(Newser) - Nothing frustrates liberals more than poor Republicans. They are, after all, generally voting against their economic self-interests—government dependency is consistently higher in right-leaning counties. "To many liberals, these are turkeys voting for Christmas or lemmings off for a leap," writes Guardian columnist Gary Younge, who set out... More »

Romney: 'I'm Not Concerned About the Very Poor'

He says safety net will take care of them

(Newser) - Mitt Romney delivered yet another grade-A attack ad sound bite today, saying he was "not concerned about the very poor." In an interview with Soledad O'Brien this morning on CNN , Romney said he was in the race because "I care about Americans. I'm not concerned... More »

A Third of Working Families Live in Near-Poverty

Recession has hurt more than just the unemployed

(Newser) - Recession lamenters often focus on the unemployed, but the employed are taking a beating, too. Nearly one in three working families in America is now considered low income, meaning they earn less than twice the official poverty threshold, according to a report released today from the Working Poor Families Project.... More »

5 Stories