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June 16, 2017 at 5:15 PM
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This week at CBPP, we focused on health care, the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, and food assistance.

  • On health care, Aviva Aron-Dine warned that people of all ages and incomes would lose health coverage under the House health bill. Aron-Dine pointed to data showing that marketplace premiums are in line with employer premiums, and would be on track to remain so absent sabotage. Sarah Lueck described how a Senate Republican health bill that weakens essential health benefits would harm people with pre-existing conditions.

    Jessica Schubel described how the House health bill puts children with disabilities and special health care needs at risk. Hannah Katch explained that a Medicaid per capita cap would disproportionately harm some states, and she reported that the House health bill would also hurt Medicaid managed care plans. Judith Solomon noted that Senate Republicans' efforts to increase funding to address the opioid epidemic won’t offsetting the damage that the House bill would do to people who would lose access to treatment.

    Shelby Gonzales clarified that the official enrollment rate in the marketplace is up slightly over last year. Paul Van de Water explained why automatic enrollment in health insurance would be complex and difficult to administer. Robert Greenstein delivered a speech before the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation about the risks of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We tracked reports about the emerging Senate bill to repeal the ACA.

  • On the federal budget and taxes, Chye-Ching Huang clarified what it means for the Republicans’ forthcoming tax bill to be deficit neutral rather than revenue neutral. Isaac Shapiro outlined how President Trump's budget would undercut workforce development, contrary to his rhetoric. We pointed to Jared Bernstein’s newest piece in the Washington Post on how President Trump’s budget wouldn’t support workforce development. Robert Greenstein spoke to the City Club of Cleveland about what President Trump’s budget and other policy changes could mean for Cleveland and Ohio.
  • On state budgets and taxes, Iris Lav and Michael Leachman described the massive cuts in President Trump’s budget to state and local programs and services. Erica Williams highlighted reports from states across the country urging to take the failed Kansas tax cut experiment to heart.
  • On food assistance, Steven Carlson, Brynne Keith-Jennings, and Raheem Chaudhry detailed how SNAP (formerly food stamps) provides needed food assistance to millions of people with disabilities and Keith-Jennings illustrated SNAP’s essential role in helping low-income people of all backgrounds, including many with disabilities, put food on the table. Michael Leachman, Dottie Rosenbaum, and Elizabeth Wolkomir warned that the Trump budget would shift SNAP costs to states, increasing the risk of hunger and weakening response to recessions.

Chart of the Week – People of All Ages Would Lose Coverage Under the House Health Bill:

 

A variety of news outlets featured CBPP’s work and experts recently. Here are some highlights:

The Rate Of Uninsured Kids Would Skyrocket Under Trumpcare, According To A New Study
Romper
June 15, 2017

The GOP’s fantastically anti-democratic quest to kill health care in the dark
Washington Post
June 14, 2017

Trump wants more apprentices. But can they fix America's big jobs problem?
CNN Money
June 13, 2017

John Kasich Backs Slow Medicaid Rollback, but With More Money
New York Times
June 12, 2017

Trickle-down economics is a nightmare. Kansas proved it.
Washington Post
June 12, 2017

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