Weekly Writers Round-Up: Medicare for All, Amazon’s Taxes, and a Stalemate in the Chinese Trade War

first_imgEach week, we’ll be featuring the work of the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on how the program can help launch your career in writing, see here. And if you’re interested in meeting program staff, alumni, and other writers and editors in the DC area, join us on March 29 for our Spring happy hour.The Democrat’s New Medicare for All bill Isn’t the Healthcare Americans Deserve — or Want by John Kristof (Summer 2018) in TownhallDemocratic Representative Pramila Jayapal and 107 other progressives introduced a highly-anticipated “Medicare for All” bill on February 26. With 107 cosponsors, this proposal is a concrete plan to overhaul the American healthcare system and provide single-payer universal coverage for all citizens…Amazon’s Zero Tax Liability Comes from Bipartisan Consensus by Andrew Wilford (Spring 2017) in National ReviewThe revelation that Amazon did not end up owing any income taxes this year despite billions of dollars in profits precipitated a flurry of sensationalist news reports. Predictably, many Americans were upset, as this feeds into a prevailing narrative about the wealthy and large corporations not paying their “fair share.” Amazon’s tax liability is so low, however, because of bipartisan policy that is entirely defensible.…Trump’s Trade War Stalemate Is All Pain and No Gain by Erin Dunne (Fall 2018) in The Washington ExaminerPresident Trump’s trade war with China is locked in the equivalent of trench warfare. Every deadline the U.S. set for an agreement has passed without one. Both sides are unwilling to compromise on key provisions, and although “updates” are frequent, there seems to have been little, if any, real progress…last_img