Shouldn’t Home Care Workers Earn a Living Wage?

Healthcare workers in Massachusetts got good news twice this past week.First, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and its insurance exchange rules—a system expected to add some 360,000 Massachusetts residents to the healthcare rolls. On Friday, about 35,000 workers who areproviding disability and senior care through state programs got a major pay raise. […]

Are Disability Rates Increasing?

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is set to be the next big battle in Republicans’ long campaign to dismantle Social Security. Congressional Republicans are trying to block a routine reallocation of funds to the SSDI Trust Fund, insisting that they will only allow reallocation if “reforms” to SSDI are implemented. The intellectual underpinning for their […]

A Bad Man’s Guide to Private Equity and Pensions

Critics of private equity often inveigh against the fact that the general partners (firms like KKR and Blackstone) have strong incentives to borrow heavily against the companies that they buy, since they collect so many fees that they profit whether or not the businesses they buy can survive with the debt load. It has reached […]

Poignant moments unfold at a preschool in a retirement home

Filmmaker Evan Briggs had spent a long time thinking about aging in America, our relationship to the elderly and how dysfunctional it seemed. “What is it about our value system that makes it so these people don’t really have a place here anymore after a certain age? Why are we OK with that?” she thought. […]