Andrew Yang Proposes a Universal Stipend to Improve America’s Health

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 In recent years, chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular complications have been increasing at an alarming trend in young children and teenagers. Although there are a variety of factors that can lead to those extreme outcomes, there is a strong correlation between socioeconomic status and health complications. In fact, a recent study links an extra $1,000 stipend given to Alaskans lead to a 4.5% decrease in the rate of childhood obesity. Obesity, America’s silent killer, is linked to a plethora of health issues including (but not limited to) Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular issues, etc.

Andrew Yang, a Democratic Presidential candidate, proposed a universal stipend of $1,000 for every American over the age of 18, also known as the β€œFreedom Dividend.” According to him, the purpose of this action is to enable Americans to β€œpay their bills, educate themselves, start businesses, be more creative, stay healthy, relocate for work, spend time with their children, take care of loved ones, and have a real stake in the future,” this information is found in the policy section of his website.

 Based on Yang’s proposition we should see these future benefits:

  • Lower medical costs
  • Decreased rate of chronic diseases
  • Access to healthier meals
  • Employment opportunities
  • Decreased rate of childhood obesity

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