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


 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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