How health care, day care and other costs have surged for middle-class families, at a glance
from Daily Courier
The picture painted by a report from the Center for American Progress is a gloomy one. For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of health care, day care, housing and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 per cent from 2000 to 2012 — after adjusting for inflation. Average income barely rose in that time once you factor in inflation. The figures marked a sharp change from the preceding 12 years ending in 2000, when average income for a four-person family rose 20 per cent, after inflation, and college and health care costs rose more slowly.
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