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Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator

How Global Trade Can Rein in Health Costs

Dean Baker and Jagdish Bhagwati
CNN Money, September 16, 2011

Representative Ryan’s $30 Trillion Medicare Waste Tax
April 2011, David Rosnick and Dean Baker

The Ryan Medicare Plan: Winners and Losers
April 2011, Dean Baker and David Rosnick


The Affordable Care Act: A Family-Friendly Policy

Septermber 11, 2014

Documenting the Need for a National Paid Family and Medical Leave Program: Evidence from the 2012 FMLA Survey

June 2014, Helene Jorgensen and Eileen Appelbaum

Expanding Family and Medical Leave to Small Firms

April 2014, Helene Jorgensen and Eileen Appelbaum

Union Advantage for Black Workers

February 2014, Janelle Jones and John Schmitt

The Affordable Care Act: A Hidden Jobs Killer?

July 2013, Helene Jorgensen and Dean Baker

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Op-Eds & Columns

Obamacare and Family Values: Parents Get to Stay Home With Children

Dean Baker
Truthout, September 15, 2014

GOP Just Trying to Derail Affordable Health Care

Dean Baker
Las Vegas Sun, August 17, 2014

Expensive Drugs and Medicaid: Who’s Afraid of Trade?

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera America, August, 4, 2014

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Yet Again: Review of Dead Men Ruling

Dean Baker
The Huffington Post, July 22, 2014

The Good News About Obamacare in the June Jobs Report

Dean Baker
Truthout, July 7, 2014

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Good News on Paid Family Leave: Political and Practical Lessons from New Jersey and California

Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce

Unfinished Business LA: History & Next Steps for Paid Family Leave

The Effects of the Health Law's Definitions of Full-Time Employee on Small Businesses

Threats to Medicare: The Election and the Lame Duck Congress

The Future of Medicare

The Future of Entitlement Programs

In Defense of the Social Safety Net

Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action

Crisis in the States and Cities: What Should Be Done?

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Press Releases

The Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Employment: A Family-Friendly Policy

For Immediate Release: September 11, 2014
Contact: Alan Barber, (202) 293-5380 x115

Washington DC - A new paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) provides details on an interesting trend in part-time employment over the last year. In the months leading up to the opening of the ACA exchanges, some critics argued that the law would increase involuntary part-time employment. The rationale most often suggested was that employers would cut back workers’ hours to less than 30 per week to avoid penalties associated with not providing insurance under the ACA. However, involuntary part-time employment been trending downward throughout the recovery.


Voluntary part-time employment, though, did increase in the first six months of 2014 compared to the first six months of 2013. The paper gives a breakdown of the distribution of part-time employment by age, gender, and whether or not the household has children. The data show that the biggest increase in voluntary part-time employment is for young people with children. This would be consistent with a story where many workers who previously needed to work full-time to get health care insurance at their job are taking the option of buying insurance on the exchanges and working part-time jobs in order to have more time to be with young children.

This ending of job lock was an important goal of the ACA . This evidence in this paper indicates that workers are beginning to take advantage of the freedom from not being dependent on a job for their family’s health care insurance.

The full paper can be found here.

Four Years after Earthquake, Housing, Sanitation, Health Care are Still Pressing Needs in Haiti

January 9, 2014

Is the ACA a Jobs Killer?

July 23, 2013

States Could Save $73 Billion by Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices

March 19, 2013

Armed With Powerful New Data, Progressive Groups Launch Grassroots Campaign to Enable Medicare Drug-Price Negotiations

February 14, 2013

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The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Self-Employment

March 6,2014, Dean Baker's testimony at the hearing on "Obamacare and the Self-Employed: What About Us?"

Presentation to Florida’s Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force

November 19, 2013, Eileen Appelbaum and Teresa Kroeger Present to Florida’s Employer-Sponsored Benefits Study Task Force in Tallahassee, Florida

Testimony on "The Effects of the Health Law's Definitions of Full-Time Employee on Small Businesses"

October 9, 2013, Testimony by Dean Baker before the U.S. Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology.

No Need to Talk About Taking an Ax to Safety Net for the Poor
December 16, 2010, Dean Baker's Comments at Brookings Institution Forum

Other Resources


Neoliberalism, Globalization and Inequalities:
Consequences for Health and Quality of Life

with a chapter by Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker and David Rosnick
Baywood Publishing Co. (2007)


Inequality Matters:
The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences

with chapter co-authored by Heather Boushey

Social Security

Social Social: The Phony Crisis
by Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot


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