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Is Child Care a Public Responsibility?

Is Child Care a Public Responsibility?

Update: 2021-10-126


Many Americans pay more for child care than they do for their mortgages, even though the wages for those who provide the care are among the lowest in the United States.

Democrats see the issue as a fundamental market failure and are pushing a plan to bridge the gap with federal subsidies.

We went to Greensboro, N.C., to try to understand how big the problem is and to ask whether it is the job of the federal government to solve.

Guest: Jason DeParle, a senior writer for The New York Times.

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Background reading: 

  • Democrats are moving to bring in the most significant expansion of the U.S. social safety net since the war on poverty in the 1960s, introducing legislation that would touch virtually every American’s life, from cradle to grave.
  • Some fear the plan would raise taxes and create additional red tape on private services. Here’s more information about what the bill proposes.

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Comments (8)

Jon Rosenfield

just like public healthcare, this is a no brainer - another bizarre way that the US diverges from most developed countries, and ranks much lower in all kinds of measurable outcomes because of it. BTW - I'm writing this as someone that has no kids, but if happy to support childcare via taxes.

Oct 14th
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Ina Sordidworld

There’s an incredibly simple way to solve this problem that doesn’t involve my taxpayer money: Don’t have children you can’t afford to support. That includes daycare. The planet is overpopulated. Stop breeding.

Oct 12th

Ken Epperson

This is ridiculous. Life is full of hard choices, costs to those choices and solutions to those problems. We don't need the government to fix everything for us.

Oct 12th








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Is Child Care a Public Responsibility?

Is Child Care a Public Responsibility?

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