A prominent liberal think tank has discovered a glaring red flag at the heart of Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. In a report posted last week, Matt Bruenig, founder and director of the People’s Policy Project, revealed that the Democratic child care plan embedded in Biden’s “Build Back Better” bill would increase the cost of child care for millions of middle-class families by an average of more than $13,000 per year. In response, Democrats are now actively working to discredit Bruenig and his findings.
One of the supposed benefits of Biden’s multi-trillion dollar bill constantly touted by the administration has been the promise of expanded access to affordable child care for middle-class families with young children across the country. Simultaneously, they have also promised to improve wages for childcare workers. To that end, under the Democratic plan, child care workers would have their income increased, via taxpayer subsidies, to match that of elementary school teachers – amounting to a staggering 138 percent increase. In addition, middle-class families would also receive subsidies via a “sliding-scale income-based copayment.” Families who meet certain income criteria would pay a certain amount and the federal government would pay the rest.
According to the liberal think tank, this is where the problems arise. Under the Biden plan, if a family makes as much as one dollar above the median household income (roughly $67,000 in 2020), they will lose all subsidies. As a result, average families would be forced to pay unsubsidized and massively inflated prices for basic childcare. According to Bruenig, the unsubsidized price of childcare would go from $15,888 per year to $28,970 per year under the Biden plan. For families just above the median income level in their state, such an increase would be devastating, as they would be forced to pay the entire unsubsidized cost.
The “scale” would be removed three years after the plan is implemented, opening up subsidies to all families. Until that time, however, Bruenig predicts:
There will be many dual-earning couples who cannot afford child care if both of them continue to work but could afford childcare if one of them quit their job and thereby brought their family income below the eligibility cutoff. Normally people who quit jobs to take care of their kids do so in order to save the money they’d have to spend on child care. Under this plan, they have to quit their job in order to afford child care!
If the experience of Obamacare and subsequently skyrocketing healthcare premiums teaches us anything, it’s that whatever the government subsidizes to make it “affordable” soon becomes dramatically more expensive.
Bruenig, a leftist, does offer several “solutions” as to how Democrats could supposedly fix the issue he points out in their plan. Democrats, however, would have none of it. Apparently they want a quick political win now, even if it means catastrophe for American families later. Within days of Bruenig publishing his report, Democratic partisans pounced on him. A Politico story suggested Democrats were working to “dull a dagger aimed — from the left, of all places — at their much-touted plan to make child care more affordable for American families.” Advocates for the Biden plan called Bruenig’s argument “illogical” and “not based on a close reading.” Conservative think tanks, like the Heritage Foundation and CATO Institute, have raised similar concerns to Bruenig’s. Democrats have gotten away with summarily dismissing them as “partisan” – but they can’t do that so easily with one of their own.
Bruenig has faced such an extreme backlash to his report that he has been forced to write not one, but two follow-up pieces defending his argument. While he acknowledges the critics, he points out that no one has refuted the crux of his argument: that the Biden plan will increase the cost of child care for many middle class families
As negotiations drag on over the bill, Democrats may be forced to slash the $3.5 trillion price tag by as much as $1.6 trillion. While the child care credit will likely remain in the bill, some analysts predict that the size of the subsidies will decrease. However, the hostility Democrats have demonstrated toward a fellow progressive for even questioning the effectiveness of the program further calls into question just how much scrutiny the various provisions of the bill have faced. Other aspects of the bill may have similar issues. For months, Democrats have failed to effectively explain to the American people what exactly is in the bill. Perhaps major flaws like this one are the reason why.
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Is anyone really shocked by this? Every time government gets involved in something supposedly in an attempt to “help” the middle class they either make things worse, more expensive or both. When Ronald Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying works in the English language are I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” he was absolutely right. Government can “help” us by staying in its constitutionally mandated lane and STAY OUT OF OUR LIVES when it comes to things they have no constitutional authority in which to get involved.
Destroy America tour!!!
I agree however, by doing nothing they win. Their goal is to demoralize those who care about the future of this country and simply give up and bow to submit to their agenda!
Simple call, your Representative, Senator or write a letter expressing your concerns or better yet your outrage of what is happening to this country under such reckless policies.
Everyone falls into one of these 3 categories:
1) Those who watch things happen.
2) Those who make things happen
3) Those who wonder what the hell happened
Hang on them like a cheap suit! Stay well and God Bless America
The ultimate goal of this corrupt admin.is to be cared for from cradle to grave by creating one crisis after another for ones basic needs of food, shelter, healthcare> Promoters of “moral decay” in society!. When have we heard the words God, Family or Patriotism from this admin.?
God is now the Government, Family as they so define it to be, and Patriotism where one does not have to stand or recite the pledge and allow historic monuments to be destroyed while supporting an open door policy of come one, come all risking the security of this country and its people.
The fish stinks from the head down. One proud veteran.
You’re on target.
So child care costs are going to skyrocket if Biden’s plan goes into effect? Might as well join the ‘party’, because all other costs everywhere have been skyrocketing for months.
Raising costs of child care will also have working women either with a spouse/partner or single re- evaluate if they make enough money to even continue working or just pack it in an collect taxpayer money
Hmmm! Raising the cost of childcare. That’s right in align with the Commie policies. Commies see that as facilitating “early Commie training” or “early stages of Commie brain washing.” BTW … Joe Hidin’ Biden is a freak!!!
Remember, deficit spending by the government is just a subtle way to raise taxes. If the government functions on deficit taxes in dealing with its programs and governance needs, it is raising taxes without having to raise taxes as far as the public political propaganda is concerned.
I would suggest if one wants to discredit Biden’s governance plans, just let him speak in public about them. It’s become obvious to any adult that Biden is not competent to be POTUS… or for any serious political or government related position at any level … except maybe dog catcher.
He’s not fast enough to be dog catcher!!
This information REALLY OPENS YOUR
EYES ABOUT FAULT IN THE TRILLION$$$ $$$ SPENDING SPREE !!!!!!! …………… FACT
OUR COUNTRY HAS MULTIPLE SEVERE PROBLEMS OF SOARING INFLATION, OIL CRISIS , HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT UNSECURE BORDERS , TOXICITY IN WH AND . IN CONGRESS , SHORTAGE OF WORKERS TO FILL JOBS, UNRESOLVED AFGHANISTAN PROBLEMS COVID 19 ILLNESS, MURDER AND VIOLENCE IN MAJOR CITIES AND STATES !!!!!! ETC ETC
.-…………. THE CURRENT WH ADMINISTRATION IS NOT TAKING ACTION ON BEHALF OF AMERICANS!!!!
THESE EVIL SOCIALIST LEFT RADICAL PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS ARE COERCING CONGRESS TO ENACT A MULTI TRILLION $$$$$$$$ SPENDING SPREE !!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS LOGIC???????
HE WHO IS A FOOL FAILS !!!!!
I INVITE you to share this info NATIONALLY !!!!!
This administration has been trying to destroy this country since the beginning
Right in tune with China and the policy of the DemocRat party!!!
Why should China, Russia, or North Korea doing anything, the Democrats are doing the job for them?
Biden’s going to cause ALL costs to skyrocket, at least! Not just childcare.
#FJB #FJBiden #FJoeBiden #LetsGoBrandon
Liberal-think tank now there’s an oxymoron
F the liberals sons and daughters of whores.
That’s an oxymoron, liberal- think tank. Phaq those sobs and daughters of white b’s.
This administration is so corrupt… it has been disheartening…I can’t stand to even watch the dysfunction…please pay attention…who are you voting for?…is this about feelings or what is good for the country that we all should love…pray for your country…
WE dont need this for OUR kids? End it
Biden’s handlers have done everything they could to give the middle finger to normal Americans. F them. Let’s Go Brandon.
Pretty scary that we have a POTUS that will sponsor changes based on whimsical libtard input from a jackass. Biden is widin’ his sidin’ with a bunch of Commie libtard idiots.
Shame on you for insulting jackasses!!! LOL
Make every family dependent in some way on government subsidies to survive. Control is the goal.
Right you are!
Our goal is expose the lies
( everything they say and do )
and explain it to everyone in the hope it will enlighten people as to what they are really doing to destroy freedom and Our Country.
Main stream media and big tech are repeating the lie and censoring the truth.
That’s the basic theme of Communism!!!! The masses are controlled by a ruling group of political ghouls and their whims.
Just another increased cost thrust upon hardworking Citizens by joebama and democrats.
Look at everything, inflation is running rampant and these morons are still pushing a laughable infrastructure boondoggle to pay off their pals and destroy Our Country!
They ALL need to go and the party of anti freedom and America needs to be defeated so soundly that they take their socialist and communist garbage somewhere else.
The arrogance and greed of these failures must be CRUSHED and the Swamp completely drained.