There have also been some hysterical claims about the reforms pushing Americans into levels of third world poverty.
Robert Rector, who has written about welfare and poverty in the US for decades examines the claims here.
His concluding words are spot on and highly applicable to this country:
Exaggerating poverty has been a mainstay of progressive politics since the beginning of the war on poverty. No matter how much the taxpayers spend on welfare, the sky is always falling. Bogus claims of widespread “extreme destitution” promote social polarization and political paralysis, distracting attention from the real problems crippling low-income communities.