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Showing posts with label GOP Cuts human services beefs-up defense. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

GOP Senate Budget Would Slash Trillions (Via Reduce Human Services Programs And Repealing ObamaCare)




While the GOP laden Congress passes bill after bill that amount to little more than symbolic "bounty" for their dark money anti-government baker, if let checked and countered their social re-engineering will prove a killer for many Americans. 

Many news sources are reporting on a Senate budget that would literally gut $5.3 trillion in social, education and health programs over the next decade. By a vote of 51 to 48 the passed a blue-print for deep social program cuts, cut education programs and repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

The Raw Story is reporting the GOP Budget for 2013 isn't dramatically lower than the Obama Administration Budget, but over a ten year period that follows less economically fortunate Americans will take a back seat to "beefed-up" defense spending.  

The GOP cuts if enacted will disproportionately impact the lives of recipients of WIC benefits. WIC is an acronym for Women, Infants and Children. How is it possible a national political party could beef-up defense spending while taking a hatchet to provides that feed the needy and the nation's young? 

A quick reminder of the Koch manifesto and marching orders for the GOP.



On May 4th, The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) published a detail piece about WIC. The piece is a long read, but relevant in every sense in delineating the dangers inherent in GOP governance and indentured servitude to dark money oligarchs. 

The CBPP....




WIC Works: Addressing the Nutrition and Health Needs of Low-Income Families for 40 Years

Extensive research has found the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to be a cost-effective investment that improves the nutrition and health of low-income families -- leading to healthier infants, more nutritious diets and better health care for children, and subsequently to higher academic achievement for students. As a result of the research documenting WIC's effectiveness, Administrations and Congresses of both parties have provided sufficient funding since 1997 to ensure that WIC can serve all eligible low-income pregnant women, infants, and young children who apply for it.


WIC PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN IMPROVING LIFETIME HEALTH FOR WOMEN, THEIR INFANTS, AND YOUNG CHILDREN.

WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and social services for millions of low-income families, and it plays a crucial role in improving lifetime health for women, their infants, and young children. Part of the nation's nutrition safety net for over 40 years, WIC now serves more than 8 million pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children through their fifth birthday. For a family to participate, it must have gross income of no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty level (now $36,612 for a family of three) and be at nutritional risk. To simplify program administration, an applicant who already receives SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance is automatically considered income-eligible.[2]




What Works to Reduce Poverty

As part of Policy Futures, we examine "what works" when it comes to federal and state policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity for low-income Americans. We synthesize and amplify the work of poverty researchers around the country on program effectiveness. This effort is designed to inform discussions about new investments in anti-poverty programs as well as reforms of, and funding levels for, existing programs.

Over four decades, researchers have investigated WIC's effects on key measures of child health such as birth weight, infant mortality, diet quality and nutrient intake, initiation and duration of breastfeeding, cognitive development and learning, immunization, use of health services, and childhood anemia. Two comprehensive reviews of the research literature catalogued the findings on WIC's effectiveness through 2010.[3] This paper builds on those reviews, summarizing the evidence from earlier studies and more recent research. Taken as a whole, the evidence demonstrates WIC's effectiveness.

  • Women who participate in WIC give birth to healthier babies who are more likely to survive infancy.
  • WIC supports more nutritious diets and better infant feeding practices. WIC participants now buy and eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, following the introduction of new WIC food packages that are more closely aligned to current dietary guidance.
  • Low-income children participating in WIC are just as likely to be immunized as more affluent children, and are more likely to receive preventive medical care than other low-income children.
  • Children whose mothers participated in WIC while pregnant scored higher on assessments of mental development at age 2 than similar children whose mothers did not participate, and they later performed better on reading assessments while in school.
  • Improvements made to the WIC food packages in recent years have contributed to healthier food environments in low-income neighborhoods, enhancing access to fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for all consumers regardless of whether they participate in WIC.

Why the Early Years Are So Important

It has long been recognized that poor children lag behind non-poor children on a wide range of indicators of physical, mental, academic, and economic well-being.[4] Poor children are more likely to have health, behavioral, learning, and emotional problems. This is especially true of poor children whose families experience deep poverty, those who are poor during early childhood, and those who are poor for a long time. Poor children are also more likely to be food insecure, and food insecurity in households with children is associated with inadequate intake of several important nutrients, deficits in cognitive development, behavioral problems, and poor health.[5]

The consequences of adversity during early childhood can extend well beyond childhood and can affect physical, mental, and economic well-being. Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child, for example, writes that:
Toxic stress experienced early in life and common precipitants of toxic stress -- such as poverty, abuse or neglect, parental substance abuse or mental illness, and exposure to violence -- can have a cumulative toll on an individual's physical and mental health. The more adverse experiences in childhood, the greater the likelihood of developmental delays and other problems.[6]
Poverty in early childhood may be particularly harmful:
Not only does the astonishingly rapid development of young children's brains leave them sensitive (and vulnerable) to environmental conditions, but the family context (as opposed to schools or peers) dominates children's everyday lives.[7] 
Urban Institute researchers have shown that children who are born into poor families are more likely to drop out of high school, have teen premarital births, have inconsistent employment records, and be poor as adults than children not born poor.[8] Research on the causal impact of childhood poverty -- apart from other disadvantages often associated with poverty that may be detrimental to children, such as low levels of parental education or living with a single parent -- reveals that family income early in childhood appears to matter for a range of employment outcomes in adulthood, including earnings and work hours.[9]
Sound investments that reduce early childhood adversity can strengthen the foundations of physical and mental health, with lifelong consequences for educational achievement, economic productivity, health, and longevity. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:
When developing biological systems are strengthened by positive early experiences, children are more likely to thrive and grow up to be healthy, contributing adults. Sound health in early childhood provides a foundation for the construction of sturdy brain architecture and the achievement of a broad range of skills and learning capacities.[10]
Nutrition influences health at every stage of life. Good nutrition during pregnancy is especially important to support fetal development and protect mothers from pregnancy-related risks of gestational diabetes, excessive weight gain, hypertension, and iron deficiency anemia. Good nutrition in early childhood can promote development and foster healthy behaviors that may carry over into adulthood.

Researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences recently found substantial differences in the solid foods fed to babies from different socioeconomic classes. Specifically, the babies of less educated mothers and poorer households were more likely to be fed diets high in sugar and fat, while diets that more closely followed infant feeding guidelines were linked to higher education and higher income.[11] These disparities are important because of new evidence that links early postnatal nutrition to long-term health outcomes.[12]

WIC aims to improve the health and nutritional well-being of low-income women and their young children by intervening at critical times of growth and development. Thus, WIC has the potential to improve the life chances of millions of infants and children.

Impacts on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes
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