Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50

Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50 
Section 3: Today’s Safety Net Cuts Poverty Nearly in Half, Provides Health Care to Millions, and Has Long-Term Benefits for Children

By Arloc ShermanSharon Parrott, and Danilo Trisi

The safety net has developed over many decades and now helps millions of people make ends meet and access affordable health care.  Census data and new research show that the safety net today both keeps tens of millions of people above the poverty line and has positive longer-term impacts on children, including improved educational and employment outcomes.  Still, poverty in the United States remains high and many families face real hardships as they struggle to make ends meet.

The following charts illustrate that:

Part I: Safety Net Cuts Poverty Nearly in Half

 

Continue reading here: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=4073

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