Why The Caregiving Agenda Could Be Biden's B.F.D.

It would cost a lot of money. But there's a reason for that.

9/19/2021 3:00:00 PM

It would cost a lot of money. But there's a reason for that.

It would cost a lot of money. But there's a reason for that.

The work itself is associated with work that women do and that we’ve taken for granted.Ai-Jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers AllianceThe reforms Democrats propose would give the federal government partial responsibility for them, in the same way it now provides pensions through Social Security and health insurance through Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. The ideas are extremely

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, if the polls are correct. But together they would cost the federal government around a trillion dollars over 10 years. And that’s creating a major political problem.Democrats have ultra-thin margins in Congress and a handful of their more conservative members, led by Sens. Joe Manchin of Arizona and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have said the overall spending bill costs way too much. Democratic leaders have already scaled back parts of the caregiving agenda in response,

cuttingproposed funding for home and community services in half. More cutbacks could follow and, of course, the whole legislative effort could fall apart altogether.Manchin, Sinema and their supporters haven’t criticized any of these proposals specifically, at least in public. They just argue the government needs to spend less. But there’s a reason these three initiatives cost so much, and it’s why they would have such far-reaching effects: They would recognize the value that caregiving provides to society and, critically, the value of the people who provide it. headtopics.com

A History Of Undervaluing Care ― And CaregiversResponsibility for caregiving has historically fallendisproportionately on women― who, in turn, were expected to provide it for little or no pay. That was possible, in part, because until relatively recently in history most women didn’t have alternatives in the paid workforce. That was especially true for women of color, who were subject to discrimination (and, at one time, enslavement).

“The work itself is associated with work that women do and that we’ve taken for granted,”Ai-Jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, told HuffPost. “And as a profession, it’s always been associated with women of color, especially Black and brown women.”

Later in the 20th century, campaigns for gender and racial equality helped to open up more work opportunities. But the shift of so many women into the paid labor force created new demands for child care. Somebody still had to watch the kids, after all, and it’s not like men were leaving the workforce to pick up the slack.

Demand for care of older Americans has increased too, thanks to advances in medicine that have prolonged life expectancy and the aging of the baby boomer generation. For a while, boomers served as caregivers to their own elders. Now they’re the ones who need care, which is why the headtopics.com

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ratio of caregivers to the elderly population, which peaked around 2010, is falling.Caring for children, the elderly and people with disabilities require different skills, obviously, but they have historically drawn from the same general pool of workers. And in a properly functioning market, the increasing demand for these workers would have pushed their wages up, in order to attract more of them.

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Why The Caregiving Agenda Could Be Biden's B.F.D.It would cost a lot of money. But there's a reason for that.

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