Who Is Looking Out For America’s Children?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
1A - National Public Radio (NPR)

A new study has found that children in the United States are less likely to live into adulthood than children in other wealthy nations. Meanwhile, funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out, and has not yet been replenished. And for kids born into poverty, getting out of it isn’t easy. So what can be done? As the Washington Post reports, two economists say giving all kids money when they’re born might help: Under the proposal, kids of incredibly rich parents such as Bill and Melinda Gates or Beyoncé and Jay-Z would get the lowest amount, $500, while babies born into extremely poor families would get the highest amount, $50,000. There would be a sliding scale to determine how much each baby would received based on the parents’ wealth. A typical middle-class baby would receive around $20,000. The so-called baby bonds would be held in escrow until the children turn 18. It’s a radical proposal for the United States, but it’s been tried in other countries. Would it work here?

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