Digging into the New Poverty Data
The new poverty numbers are out, and the news is mixed. While millions of Americans are experiencing the benefits of Obamacare, poverty and economic insecurity remain at unacceptable levels. To help us dig into the data, we’re joined by Arloc Sherman, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who goes over the good, the bad, and the ugly of the new poverty numbers. We’re then joined by our resident critic-in-chief, CAP Senior Fellow Shawn Fremstad, who helps us understand the limitations to how we measure poverty. We’re also joined by social scientists Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer to discuss their new book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, which examines how households are surviving on virtually no income. We finish things off with the return of the Weekly Worst with our friend Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress.