An Unaffordable Health Care Act, Fighting Privatization, and More

March 24, 2017

The Roosevelt Rundown is an email series featuring the Roosevelt Institute’s top 5 stories of the week.

1. The GOP’s Unhealthy Plan for Women

With the Republicans’ health care plan on life support, Roosevelt Fellow Andrea Flynn explains why the provision to defund Planned Parenthood would be disastrous for the millions who rely on its services. For more, check out our fact-sheet on how repealing the Affordable Care Act would impact women’s health.

2. Putting the Public Back in Republic

This week the Roosevelt network launched the Re:Public Project, a new program investing in youth-driven campaigns to combat privatization in education, the economy, and the justice system. Plus, listen to Program Associate Eugenia Kim discuss student loans, student debt, and for-profit colleges on the “Bad With Money” podcast

3. Monopolizing the Market

Roosevelt Fellow and Senior Economist Marshall Steinbaum spoke to a congressional panel about why we need to start thinking about antitrust policy as a labor market issue. And in Jacobin, he and Suresh Naidu write that the Trump administration’s new laptop travel ban is not only racist, but a giveaway to U.S. airline monopolies.

4. What Trump Means for Trade

As the Trump administration prepares an executive order to review all U.S. trade deals, Roosevelt Fellow Todd Tucker looks at the processes and opportunities for renegotiating, and makes the case for his Sustainable Equitable Trade Doctrine as a more progressive—and effective—alternative to zeroing in on NAFTA.

5. A Time for Action on CEO Pay

Trump’s Acting SEC Chair has reopened the debate over a rule that requires companies to disclose the pay ratio between their CEOs and their average workers. Roosevelt Fellow Susan Holmberg explains why soaring CEO pay is bad for the economy and why the disclosure rule is so important.

What We’re Reading:

In The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino highlights a trend of gig economy companies putting a cheerful PR spin on stories of people working while in labor, skipping out on food and rest, and generally degrading themselves to make ends meet.


On April 4, friend of Roosevelt Ali Noorani will discuss his new book on community responses to immigration, There Goes the Neighborhood, at an event at The Strand Book Store. And on April 6, Roosevelt is co-sponsoring an event at the Carnegie Corporation of New York featuring Noorani, New American Leaders Project’s Sayu Bhojwani, and journalist Julia Preston.