The Poverty Industry (Hardcover)
The Exploitation of America's Most Vulnerable Citizens (Families #11)
New York University Press, 9781479874729, 288pp.
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
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The shocking truth about how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social programs meant to support disadvantaged Americans
Government aid doesn't always go where it's supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding, leaving us with nursing homes and juvenile detention centers that sedate residents to reduce costs and maximize profit, local governments buying nursing homes to take the facilities' federal aid while the elderly languish with poor care, and counties hiring companies to mine the poor for additional funds in modern day debtor's prisons.