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January 24, 2017

Senators Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins say their new proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would allow people who like the coverage they have to keep it. But now that we have more details about the proposal, it’s hard to see how that could be so...

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January 24, 2017

State spending per person on adults who are newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion fell by 6.9 percent in 2016 and will keep falling in future years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates. The...

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January 23, 2017

“Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” President Trump said in his inaugural address. But, two major pieces of tax-related legislation at the top of the GOP agenda — Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and a broad package of tax cuts — fail to meet that standard.

ACA repeal. Not...
January 23, 2017

It’s not too late to sign up for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace health plan, but uninsured people should act quickly. The 2017 open enrollment door shuts on January 31.

With media reporting on Republicans’ plans to repeal the ACA, it’s no surprise that over 40,000 concerned consumers...

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January 23, 2017

We’ve explained that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would dramatically undermine health coverage (with 32 million more people uninsured by 2026) while delivering windfall tax cuts to high-income people (averaging...

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January 19, 2017

This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, health care, and poverty and inequality.

On the federal budget and taxes, Chuck Marr and Chye-Ching Huang found that three major Republican tax proposals — the repeal of the...
Trump Tax Plan Gives Big Tax Cut to the Top
January 19, 2017

Some congressional Republicans may argue that after repealing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, they could give states the flexibility to continue covering some or all of the expansion population through a Medicaid block grant or per capita cap. That’s a false promise.

If the Medicaid expansion — which has enabled at least...

Medicaid Cuts Would Grow Over Time Under House Budget Committee Block Grant
January 19, 2017

This week, we hosted a speech by White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman on what works to fight poverty and what the poverty-fighting agenda going forward should – and should not – feature. Furman’s talk was followed by a lively panel discussion, moderated by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne and including Furman, Hamilton Project Director (and Northwestern...

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January 19, 2017

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin emphasized the importance of sufficiently funding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today, saying:

I am concerned about the staffing of the IRS. It is an important part of fixing the tax gap and I am very

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IRS Has Cut Enforcement Staff by 23 Percent Since 2010
January 19, 2017

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, expressed concern today about "farmers who worry about the death tax wiping out the family farms." Estate tax opponents frequently call for repealing the tax because, they say, it’s a burden for...

Only 2 Out of Every 1,000 Estates Will Owe Federal Estate Tax in 2016

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