Policy Analysis Paper 1: “The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act”
At issue here is are we, as a country, finally going to put our money where our mouth
is when it comes to the bedrock of our civilized society—The American Family. And to be more
specific, the wage earners in these families. Our country is the finest on earth, most generous,
most equitable, egalitarian place there is. However, it is the only developed country that still
does not offer its workers PAID leave to care for its newborn babies (or adopted or legally
placed children) or its seriously ill (elderly). At issue is are we going help those that need
FINANCIAL support as they care for their OWN family members who are too young or sick to
care for themselves? Or are we not? Enter “The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act”, or
‘The Family Act’. It proposes we do help. And at a very small cost, and to the betterment of ...view middle of the document...
Furthermore, less than half of our workers even qualify for the NON-paid family leave act in
place now. It holds a person’s job, but with no income, how is one expected to pay their normal
bills, let alone the added expense of the new child or sick relative? Most attractive to this Act is
that it proposes to cover ALL workers, young and old, full-time and part-time, and ALL
businesses, big and small. But perhaps best of all is that we will not suffer (yet another) huge
tax increase rather, this leave will be paid through payroll deductions averaging a mere pittance
of four bucks a month. All these benefits (and more to follow) are within this Act which was
sponsored by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
These congresspersons point to four major goals of this act. Fiscal stability and certainty
are paramount. The birth of a baby itself costs a small fortune these days and can quickly put
the parents in a deep financial hole if they have no income. Better health and quality of life for
the sick and young. Better for all businesses, big and small. And an overall revitalization for
our economy and our citizens. It is not a risk to assume these goals will be achieved as several
states already have something similar to this ‘Family Act’, and all have been quite successful.
So, to sum up, this ‘Family Act’ will:
1) Provide (virtually) every worker on leave with a livable income up to 60 working days.
2) Will cost the taxpayer almost nothing, and the average worker only +/- $5.00/month.
3) Will benefit the business(es), the worker, America, and most importantly, the helpless.
4) Has already been tried and succeeded at the state level in many states.
5) While the only apparent drawbacks are that a person may not opt out (like SS tax, etc)
and some privacy is lost as the worker must provide a basic description for the need for
the leave to his/her employer.
In conclusion I advise this class to support this ‘Family Act’.