Universal Family Care
All week long, we are rolling out our special issue on family care: the crisis that exists today, and how it can be fixed. We have seen family care exacerbated in the pandemic, between child care deserts, the lack of paid family and medical leave, and nursing home facilities turned into death traps. But I started talking with advocates about a family care issue before the pandemic, because the needs were so great. The current system hurts families, who cannot access or afford care; hurts care workers, who paradoxically make up one of the fastest-growing and lowest-paid professions in our society; hurts care providers, who are on the verge of going extinct (at least the ones that aren’t nursing homes owned by private-equity financiers which exploit workers and patients).
We can fix this for all generations across the life cycle, and we can do it through social