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March 23, 2017

We’ve explained that eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum benefit standards (“Essential Health Benefits,” or EHB) for individual and small-group market plans, as House Republican leaders are...

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March 23, 2017

The White House and House Republican leaders are reportedly negotiating with House Freedom Caucus members to eliminate federal minimum benefit (“Essential Health Benefits”) standards for individual and small-group market plans as part of the House health bill.  That would leave...

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March 21, 2017

While drastically cutting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium tax credits, the House Republican health bill also eliminates the other, lesser-known marketplace subsidies — cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) — that reduce deductibles, co-payments, and other out...

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March 21, 2017

In their updated health bill, House Republicans are doubling down on their plan to cut taxes for high-income households while cutting health insurance for mostly low- and moderate-income households —...

Eliminating Two Heath Reform Medicare Taxes Helps Only High-Income Filers
March 20, 2017

Pushing for huge Medicaid cuts, including ending the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for low-income adults and imposing a per capita cap, some congressional Republicans continue to claim falsely that the Medicaid expansion is squeezing out funding for other Medicaid...

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March 20, 2017

The House bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would move up the Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund’s depletion from 2028 to 2024 (see graph). Repealing a payroll tax on high earners would advance the depletion date by three years, as we previously...

House Republican Health Bill Would Accelerate Medicare Insolvency By Four Years
March 20, 2017

The Republican health plan that the House plans to consider on Thursday would force states to spend billions more to maintain their Medicaid programs (including the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to low-income adults) or, far likelier, cut hundreds of thousands of low-income residents off Medicaid, most of whom would end up uninsured, according to projections by a growing number of...

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March 20, 2017

The House GOP health plan would repeal, starting in 2018, two Medicare taxes in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that fall only on high-income filers: the additional Hospital Insurance payroll tax on high earners and the Medicare tax on unearned income. These tax cuts together would cost $275 billion over ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, and they’re raising increased...

Millionaires Would Get 79% of Tax Cut From Ending Health Reform's Two Medicare Taxes
March 17, 2017

This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, housing, state budgets and taxes, Social Security, food assistance, and the economy.

On health care, Edwin Park highlighted estimates by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing...
House GOP Plan Means Millions More Uninsured
March 17, 2017

There’s an $18 billion hole in President Trump’s “skinny” budget:  it calls on Congress to cut this year’s funding for non-defense discretionary programs by $18 billion but gives no hint about which programs the President wants to cut.

Most press coverage of the skinny budget has focused on the White House proposals for fiscal year 2018 — big increases in defense funding...

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