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Biden’s Big Bet on Family Care Risks Payoff Long After Elections

  • Programs for child and elderly care face major obstacles
  • Delays a challenge for Democrats going into midterm election
President Joe Biden speaks on the economy in Washington, D.C.
President Joe Biden speaks on the economy in Washington, D.C.Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden promises cheaper and more accessible care for children, the elderly and disabled once his $2 trillion social spending package passes Congress, yet it will take years to set up programs to help struggling families.

To deliver on the heart of Biden’s economic agenda, policy makers will have to address worker shortages worsened by the pandemic and scale up business sectors that already struggle with lengthy waiting lists. They also must galvanize state bureaucracies that face their own political and financial constraints.