Bobbi Dempsey is the author of several nonfiction books, including Degrees of Desperation: The Working-Class Struggle to Pay for College. She has been writing for EHRP since 2018, including resonant personal essays on her own experience of poverty. She has also written for The Guardian, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harper’s, winning an award from the American Society of Journalists & Authors.
Co-published with The Guardian. The GOP's attempt to add work requirements to safety net programs could harm families already struggling.
I’ve Been Plagued by Medical Debt for Years. Here’s What Happened When I Tried to Pay a $2 Medical Bill.
Co-published with Slate. Recent changes—and more coming in early 2023—could bring some relief to a very broken system.
Published in The Washington Post. I realized long ago that there are two separate and very different health-care systems in this country.
Published in HuffPost. It has gotten to the point where I often just avoid interactions requiring me to speak.
Co-published with The New Yorker. At an annual dental fair in Philadelphia, Americans wait in line and hope to get through the door.
Co-published with The Guardian. The US has one of the highest maternal mortality rates among developed countries. Yet Senator Joe Manchin struggles to understand why paid family leave is important.
Co-published with the Washington Post. Low-income people suffer the consequences of overdraft fees more than those who are financially comfortable.
Co-published with The Washington Post. Compounding medical crises essentially cut her off from the world.
Co-published with HuffPost. We need to support Sesame Street to ensure it is available to all children, or we will lose what we began to achieve a half-century ago.
Co-published with The Guardian and The Bark. Oreo and Mitzi were sick but since we couldn’t pay thousands of dollars immediately, we couldn’t get the care they needed.