In some cases, these restrictions have plunged people deeper into poverty.
Medicaid and Medicare benefits appear safe for now. But SNAP food assistance and many other programs could be disrupted.
Voters listed health care as one of their biggest concerns in the midterm elections. Were their concerns addressed? The results are mixed.
A White House Council concluded that the war on poverty is "largely over." But, while poverty among seniors has declined, poverty among adults and children as changed little over the last 40 years.
Accounting for grocery prices and the effort eating home-prepared meals requires, the benefits commonly called food stamps fall far short of paying enough for the poor to eat right.
Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy.
SNAP and its precursors have weathered plenty of efforts to shrink the safety net. Its decades of bipartisan support make it likely to survive this one.
As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don't stand up to scrutiny.
The notion that obesity mostly afflicts the poor is a misconception.
Only very low-income Americans who are working or looking for work are eligible for federal, time-limited welfare dollars. This restriction doesn't always help them get back on their feet.
Food assistance – like SNAP benefits – can have far-ranging impacts on a person's health and well-being.
Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy. As research indicates that it's working well, this drive to defund is baffling experts.
The best way to assess a program's effectiveness is see how well it meets the goals for which it was created. Maybe someone could tell the Trump administration.
The CBO analysis of the new health care bill not only shows that tens of millions would lose insurance. It is a major shift in this country's attitudes and policies toward helping the poor.