What Went Wrong: Health care

Home health-care workers still fighting for higher wages, better benefits

Dec. 26, 2012

Demand for home health-care workers is growing. But low wages and lack of benefits — including health care — contribute to the struggle many in the industry continue to face. 


As elder care grows, so do labor battles

Jan. 23, 2012

Elder care and home health care are rare bright spots in the American economy, adding jobs at a steady clip. But as the workforce grows, so, too, do fights on unionization, wages and benefits. 

Blog Entry: Minnesota wants new care model for elderly and disabled

Sept. 7, 2011

The nation is getting older. How will social services adjust to these changes? Minnesota is seeking to completely change the way it spends federal Medicaid funds for the elderly and disabled. Cynthia Boyd writes about it in the Twin Cities Daily Planet.  

Blog Entry: Community health centers could be hurt by debt deal

Aug. 9, 2011

Many uninsured rely on services offered at community clinics yet funding for the outlets may be at risk. As Katharine Mieszkowski writes, health care reform and high unemployment will increase demand for community health centers.


Philadelphia health care workers fight for a contract

March 17, 2011

Workers at a nursing home near Philadelphia unionized last year, seeking better wages and less expensive health care. Still without a contract, they picketed, a scene likely to be repeated around the country in the coming months and years.

What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.


Back Story

The authors talk about What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele talk about the project, and why they decided to revisit a book they wrote two decades ago, in a series of video clips produced by the Workshop.

Nation's Story

Who pays the taxes?

Who pays the taxes?

We feature charts, maps, photos and other visualizations that reflect the state of the economy as part of our What Went Wrong project. This column chart shows the growing disparity between what individuals and corporations pay in taxes. In the 1950s, the difference was 22 percent. Recent figures show the difference is 62 percent.

Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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The Betrayal of the American Dream on Google Books

The Betrayal of the American Dream on Google Books

Check out the first chapter of Barlett and Steele's 2012 book here.