Op-Ed: If at first you don’t succeed

In his first State of the Union address, President Trump signaled his intent to bring welfare reform back to the forefront of the American policy debate. “We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity,” President Trump proclaimed. This language is familiar. Rhetorical arguments that poverty […]

Op-Ed: If it ain’t totally broke

Last Friday, facing severe opposition to their Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), House Republicans withdrew the bill from consideration. This is a good thing because the proposed legislation was a mess, addressing the rising costs of the ACA by crippling benefits to the poor. AHCA follows Speaker of the House Paul […]

Looking in: Healthcare is ‘sticky downwards’

Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress and the presidency, there is no barrier to finally repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They have called the law — which is otherwise known as Obamacare and has historically given the most Americans health insurance — “un-American,” “a freedom killer” and “Obama’s Katrina.” After voting over 60 times to […]

Graduate students consider unionization following NLRB decision

A group of Tufts graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts has been working toward forming a union for graduate students, following the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling last August that graduate students at private universities, as paid teaching and research assistants, […]

Op-Ed: The future of healthcare, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on the state of U.S. healthcare and its future. Using the process of budget reconciliation, Senate Republicans have ensured that they can pass a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with just 51 votes, avoiding filibuster. This loophole – traditionally utilized to pass […]

The Echo Chamber: Inside Affordable Care

There’s a spot on campus, right behind Eaton Hall, where, if said just at the right angle, an echo of your voice can be heard. At Tufts, an echo of political thought and ideas can be heard not just behind Eaton Hall, but all around us. Tufts, like many liberal arts universities around the country, […]