Recent polling, as reported by Time, shows Americans are concerned about losing their health care. This, according to polling, is the number 1 issue for 2018.
We live in a society that is always on...no matter where we go we see the mobile phones, iPads and other devices in the on mode. Our eyes are glued to them, our minds racing with constant updates, and the demands from others to respond instaneously are...well,
demanding. Is it possible to decompress?
(NPR) A central question of debate leading up to the Senate's passage of a sweeping tax overhaul plan asked which Americans need a boost. Economists say the Republicans' selling point for previous iterations of their legislation, that the plan is designed to benefit the middle class, has a shaky foundation — that the rich are the big winners.
And the middle class is already struggling. The median household income is roughly $59,000 a year. But around the country, even six-figure salaries for some single-person households don't necessarily furnish financial security.
"People feel like they haven't been getting ahead for a long time," says Jim Tankersley, who covers taxes and the economy for The New York Times.
People whose upper-class salaries are not keeping pace with their upper-class standards of living, Tankersley says, are often experiencing a lingering effect of the 2008 financial crisis.
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro spoke to a variety of people in different cities about what their lives look like on $100,000 a year. On paper, that kind of salary is considered well-off. But as we heard from many, it often takes just one major expense for that to not feel like enough: student loans, health care, childcare or housing costs.
This just may be one of the best ideas we have seen...we will test it out soon.
Steven Perlberg is a media and politics reporter at BuzzFeed.