Why Means Testing Is A Terrible Idea

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You’ve probably heard about means testing during past presidential campaigns. Maybe you’ve even been on the receiving end of a liberal lecture about how important means testing is. But what exactly does this practice accomplish? In this week’s video, we’re diving into the philosophy of means testing and figuring out what it’s good for, if anything.

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SOURCES:

ProPublica report
https://www.propublica.org/article/states-are-hoarding-52-billion-in-welfare-funds-even-as-the-need-for-aid-grows

Texas TANF requirements
https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/welfare-funds-going-unspent-pandemic-increased-poverty-moral-outrage-n1286863

Universalism & solidarity
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/12/policy-feedback-working-class-bernie-sanders-gi-bill
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/donald-trump-democratic-party-welfare-state
https://theweek.com/articles/601672/just-give-welfare-everyone

MMT videos
https://youtu.be/fg0R9Ye2ovM
https://youtu.be/75udjh6hkOs

Beyond welfare
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/12/beyond-the-welfare-state/

Policy feedback
https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-polisci-012610-135202

Means testing
https://www.vox.com/2021/10/15/22722418/means-testing-social-spending-reconciliation-bill

Means testing costs study
https://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/ss-2011-03.pdf

Programs that use the OPM
https://www.hhs.gov/answers/hhs-administrative/what-programs-use-the-poverty-guidelines/index.html

Drug testing for public services
https://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/drug-testing-and-public-assistance.aspx

Deaths from lack of social support/poverty
https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/how-many-us-deaths-are-caused-poverty-lack-education-and-other-social-factors

74% American adults say no to cuts to social security
https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2019/03/21/retirement-social-security-and-long-term-care/

Trump cuts to housing, food, health for low- & middle-income Americans
https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-budget/trump-budget-deeply-cuts-health-housing-other-assistance-for-low-and

Mollie Orshansky and the OPM
https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/poverty-economic-mobility/poverty-guidelines/further-resources-poverty-measurement-poverty-lines-their-history/history-poverty-thresholds

Manchin on the radio
https://wvmetronews.com/podcast/talkline/
https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/dec/20/joe-manchin/sen-manchin-wrong-means-testing-child-tax-credit-b/

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