• Revision ID 96023 PUBLISHED
  • 2019-01-30 11:09:54
  • by Spike Fogarty (talk | contribs)
  • Note: Provided link to the assumed source of Ocasio-Cortez's statement. Provided additional independent research to support this statement. Added the word "how" to the summary for clarity.
 
   
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Fact Check: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's claim about the struggle of Americans with basic needs Fact Check: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's claim about the struggle of Americans with basic needs
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How Americans are struggling with paying basic needs?  How many Americans are struggling with paying basic needs?
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman for NY, <a href="https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1087748236436275201">tweeted about marginal tax</a>, she claimed the following: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Congresswoman for NY, <a href="https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1087748236436275201">tweeted about marginal tax</a>, she claimed the following:
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1087748236436275201 https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1087748236436275201
<strong>Claim:</strong> <strong>Claim:</strong>
"40% of Americans struggle to pay for at least one basic need, like food or rent" "40% of Americans struggle to pay for at least one basic need, like food or rent"
<strong>Fact Check: </strong>  <strong>Fact Check: True</strong>
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  Ocasio-Cortez seems to be referring to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Institute">Urban Institute’s</a> <a href="https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/98919/the_well-being_and_basic_needs_survey_0.pdf">Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey</a> which found 39.4% of adults reported their family had trouble paying for basic needs such as food, health care, housing, or utilities in 2017 . Almost a quarter of the respondents had two or more hardships in the last year and 14% said they even had trouble providing for three basic needs after surveying nearly 7,600 adults last December.
  Other independent sources also support this claim such as the <a href="https://www.unitedwayalice.org/in-the-us">United Way ALICE Project</a>, which asserts that while the Federal Poverty Line relies on national averages, they take national county-level data to determine the earnings necessary to meet the costs of basic living needs in that county. Using this data the ALICE Project found that 43 percent of American households are below the “ALICE Threshold” and not able to pay for basic needs.
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