The article mentions that 52 percent of actors and 55 percent of dancers are out of work, and many of them are ineligible for unemployment. This is compared to 8.5 percent of the rest of the population. (USA). The article suggests policies that would mirror some of Europe's policies.
I too think that there are other ways to address the problem... This type of dialog, in this forum, could get political real quick - the whole article is political. Much of the population is needing help - period.