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    ‘Dumb Decision’ or Pro-Obamacare 'Conspiracy' at Census Bureau?

    Some critics of Obamacare are up in arms about the Census Bureau’s intent to change questions it asks millions of Americans about health insurance. Others just think census officials have lousy timing. The New York Times first reported on internal documents showing the agency’s changes to questions also will change … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Stagnant Poverty Numbers Signal Need for Change

    The number of people in poverty in America stagnated in 2012, according to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau. This comes as no surprise. Since the government launched its War on Poverty 50 years ago—and has now poured nearly $20 trillion into a massive welfare system—poverty numbers have … More

    The Typical Worker Earns More Today Than in 1989

    Do American workers have lower living standards today than in 1989? To anyone with a camera GPS library stereo video recorder TV smartphone in his or her pocket, it doesn’t look like it. But the Census Bureau recently released a report finding real median household incomes lower today than 24 … More

    Left Claims 80 Percent of Americans "Economically Insecure"

    Eighty percent of U.S. adults are “economically insecure,” according to media reports of a new study. But just what is “economic insecurity”? Are most Americans experiencing severe hardship? The measure of “economic insecurity” used by the researcher, Mark Rank of Washington University in Missouri, gives no understanding of a household’s … More

    Health Care Report from the States: Florida Medicaid Expansion

    As action to stop Obamacare languishes in Washington, the debate continues at the state level. Heritage is hosting a series of health care reports from our allies in the states to provide an up-close view of state-level action regarding Obamacare. The states play an important role in protecting citizens against … More

    Profiles in Tax Hikes: A Florida Nurse's Tax Changes in 2013

    What will the tax hikes of January 1, 2013, mean to real Americans? Let’s say you are a black woman who has a rewarding, though extremely challenging, career as a registered nurse. You’re nearing retirement—you’re 58, living in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area. After working hard for several decades, you … More

    More Misleading Numbers on Poverty

    This past week, media outlets have been abuzz, heralding the news that poverty levels in the United States are higher than previously thought. But the numbers are misleading. The Census Bureau reported last week that, according to its new “supplemental poverty measure,” 49.7 million Americans are in poverty. This figure … More

    Another Downward GDP Revision Shows Economy Still Not Recovering

    On Thursday, the Department of Commerce revised its second quarter estimate of economic growth (in terms of real gross domestic product, or GDP) down to 1.3 percent from 1.7 percent. Anything less than a 2 percent rate of growth is more typical of an economy wilting toward recession than an … More

    What's Driving High Poverty Numbers?

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty numbers. It reports that 46.2 million Americans remain poor; the figure was unchanged from last year. The percentage of Americans who were poor remained at a near-record 15 percent. What we are sure to hear now is a cry from big-government … More

    More Than 48 Million Americans Remain Uninsured

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2011 findings on health insurance coverage in the United States. Despite a small reduction in the uninsured by 1.4 million from 2010 to 2011, 48.6 million, or 15.7 percent of Americans, remain without health insurance. Another area of disappointment comes from the number … More