Congressional Budget Debate

Congressional Budget Plans Get Two-Thirds of Cuts From Programs for People With Low or Moderate Incomes

The House and Senate budget plans each cut more than $3 trillion over ten years from programs that serve people of limited means. These deep reductions amount to 69 percent of the cuts to non-defense spending in both the House and Senate plans.

 

 

A Congressional Budget Dictionary

Congressional Republicans are using complicated — and likely poll-tested — language to make their budget plans’ deep spending cuts and dramatic structural changes in key programs for low- and moderate-income people sound benign and even positive.

While it’s common practice for lawmakers to use language that puts their plans in the best possible light, it’s important to understand exactly what they mean. Read more

For additional analysis of the House and Senate budget plans, read our roundup here.

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Health

States Can Improve Health Outcomes and Lower Costs in Medicaid Using Existing Flexibility

States can use Medicaid to employ a number of strategies to promote personal responsibility and work and ensure appropriate use of health care, which would help lower Medicaid spending and improve beneficiary health outcomes.  These alternatives focus on improving the delivery of care instead of imposing harsh requirements that prevent people from getting care in the first place.  Many states have already taken advantage of Medicaid’s existing flexibility to move in this direction. Read more

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