Health Reform

Tennessee Proposal Shows Growing Momentum for Medicaid Expansion

Contrary to some predictions, November’s election results haven’t stalled momentum among states to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam yesterday became the sixth governor — and third Republican — in the past two months to announce an expansion plan.

If the federal government and Tennessee’s legislature approve it, Governor Haslam’s “Insure Tennessee” plan would extend coverage to more than 200,000 uninsured Tennesseans through a demonstration project, or “waiver.” Read more

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Taxes and the Economy

Brief: Why Budget and Tax Plans Shouldn’t Use Dynamic Scoring

Modeling the economy is extraordinarily difficult; even the best analyses leave tremendous uncertainty and are sensitive to the economic models and assumptions used.

Estimates of macroeconomic effects of policy changes are thus highly subject to manipulation; including them in budget estimates would damage the credibility of the budget process. Read more

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