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Progressive Policies Dramatically Improve the Lives of Working Families

A new study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that progressive policies, “such as universal preschool, paid sick leave and paid parental leave … ease the stresses of poverty that affect health.”  Life expectancies are higher – in some cases a difference of three years — in communities where these policies are enacted and a strong safety net exist.  

Meanwhile, Republicans champion policies that harm the well-being of working families in our country:

  • Republicans have vowed to repeal Obamacare, a law that has allowed 20 million Americans to gain quality, affordable health insurance that they previously didn’t have.
  • The tax plans proposed by the GOP candidates for president overwhelmingly favor the top wealthiest over middle-class and low-income Americans.
  • None of the GOP presidential candidates favor guaranteeing equal pay for women, despite women earning only .79 cents to every dollar earned by their male counterparts.
  • Not a single Republican running for president supports raising the minimum wage, Donald Trump even went as far to say that wages are “too high.”

“This is another example where Republican leadership and attempts to weaken our country’s support for working families – in favor of focusing on those at the very top – can dramatically alter the quality of life, and even the life expectancy, of millions of Americans. This is why we need a Democrat in the White House.” – DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda

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